By Rosalind B. Brooke

The early historians of the Franciscan order traced the explanations of the worries of the order of their time to Elias, a latest and good friend of St Francis and an early Minister basic. Elias was once blamed for commencing the right way to all relaxations of self-discipline and disrespect of the founder's instructing, and all conflicts and persecutions. Mrs Brooke indicates that accountability can't be put on one guy, yet on a few of the early friars. She offers a extra historic account of Elias, exhibiting that he used to be by no means as dominant a determine as has been meant. The early conflicts of the order are proven to were extra advanced, extra attention-grabbing and extra possible than the fourteenth-century controversialists may let. the second one a part of the e-book describes the achievements of Elias's successors as Minister basic, and the $64000 legislation they handed. Mrs Brooke has been in a position to reconstruct the early constitutions, now misplaced, in higher element than has formerly been tried.

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