Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe (Paperback)

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Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe (Paperback)

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"In this stimulating and important book Lester Little advances the original thesis that, paradoxically, it was the leading practitioners of voluntary poverty, Franciscan and Dominican friars, who finally formulated a Christian ethic which justified the activities of merchants, moneylenders, and other urban professionals, and created a Christian spirituality suitable for townsmen. Little has synthesized a vast body of specialized literature in Italian, German, French, and English to write an interpretive essay which provides a new perspective on the interaction between economic and social forces and the religious movements advocating the apostolic ideal of voluntary poverty...Little's book is a major contribution, not only to the history of the religious movement of voluntary poverty, but also to the interdisciplinary study of the middle ages." --Journal of Social History

Product Details ISBN: 9780801492471
ISBN-10: 0801492475
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: February 28th, 1983
Pages: 268
Language: English