Religion paysanne et religion urbaine en Toscane (c.1280–c.1450): 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Religion paysanne et religion urbaine en Toscane (c.1280–c.1450)

1st Edition

By Charles M. de la Roncière


336 pages

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pub: 1994-09-29
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The subject of this volume is that of the establishment and embedding in the Tuscan countryside, and especially round Florence, of the new forms of piety propagated above all by the Mendicant orders. The volume brings together Professor de La Roncière's major articles on this topic, both detailed research studies and syntheses. Against the background of existing religious attitudes, he aims to describe the many new forms of pastoral activity and structures that were instituted, and to provide a picture of what the religious side of their life really meant to these communities. The final articles extend this analysis to include the city of Florence itself, examining the role of the confraternities there and the religious views of its merchants, its socio-economic elite. Ce volume a pour sujet l’établissement et l’enracinement de nouvelles formes de piété propagées surtout par les ordres mendiants en pays toscan et, plus particulièrement, aux alentours de Florence. Le volume rassemble les articles les plus importants du professeur de La Roncière sur ce sujet; à la fois études de recherches détaillées et de synthèse. C’est sur cet arrière-plan d’attitudes religieuses en existence, qu’il tente de décrire les nombreuses formes nouvelles d’activités et de structures pastorales qui furent instaurées dans ces communautés et ce que signifiait pour elles le côté religieux de leurs vies. Les derniers articles étendent cette analyse à la ville de Florence elle-même, en y examinant le rôle des confréries et le point de vue religieux de l’élite socio-économique qu’étaient ses marchands.


'There is little comparable in any language to the author's essays on rural communities and their clerics and popular religion in the countryside…These important essays deserve to be very widely known.' Religious Studies Review

Table of Contents

Contents: La place des confréries dans l’encadrement religieux du contado florentin: l’exemple de la Val d'Elsa au XIV siècle; L’influence des franciscains dans la campagne de Florence au XIV siècle (1280-1360); Dans la campagne florentine au XIV siècle: les communautés chrétiennes et leurs curés; Religiosità e società in Valdelsa nel basso medioevo; Orientations pastorales du clergé, fin XIIIe-XIV siècle: le témoignage de l’onomastique toscane; Aspects de la religiosité populaire en Toscane: le contado florentin des années 1300; A monastic clientele? The abbey of Settimo, its neighbours and its tenants (Tuscany, 1280-1340); Les confréries à Florence et dans son contado aux XIVe-XVe siècles; La foi du Marchand: Florence, XIVe-milieu XVe siècles; Index.

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