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By Gabriella Erdélyi

In 1517, the often tranquil friary within the Hungarian city of Körmend came upon itself on the centre of controversy whilst its Augustinian friars, charged with drunkenness, sexual abuses and liturgical negligence, have been pushed out and changed with observant Franciscans. The agent of swap during this clash, cardinal Thomas Bakócz, claimed to be appearing within the identify of ’cloister reform’ stimulated via a non secular time table, whereas the Augustinians portrayed themselves because the sufferers of a political video game. in keeping with the surviving interrogations of a papal enquiry into those occasions, this publication illuminates the tensions and power clash that lurked in the non secular tradition of a doubtless unremarkable and distant city. the tale of the friary trial of Körmend presents a desirable window into faith and society of Europe on the sunrise of the Reformation, investigating the approaches through which traditional humans become ancient brokers from the written documents. by way of focussing on their stories as represented within the trial records the ebook finds the areas and borders of person and communal motion in the dynamic of lay-clerical kinfolk negotiated in a friary reform before everything of the sixteenth century. in addition, the ethical nature of the accusations levelled on the Augustinians - and even if those have been justified or instigated for political purposes - bargains additional insights into the character of late-medieval Catholicism and the claims of Protestant reformers.

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