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  • Third Order Convents in Western Flanders: Varieties in Tertiary Observance

    Koen Goudriaan

    Chapter from the book: Delcorno P. & Roest B. 2023. Observant Reforms and Cultural Production in Europe: Learning, Liturgy and Spiritual Practice.


    This chapter investigates, with recourse to a revelatory manuscript now kept in the State Archives of Bruges (Belgium), a group of Tertiary convents in Flanders with a peculiar spirituality that tried to strike a balance between labor and liturgical life, and that in contrast with other reformist congregations in the fifteenth-century Low Countries, such as the Observant Tertiary Chapters of Utrecht and Zepperen, steered away from religious book learning. It is a case study that shows the importance of recognizing the significant varieties in spirituality that could exist between otherwise comparable Observant groups.

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    Goudriaan, K. 2023. Third Order Convents in Western Flanders: Varieties in Tertiary Observance. In: Delcorno P. & Roest B (eds.), Observant Reforms and Cultural Production in Europe. Nijmegen: Radboud University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.54195/XFRB6134_CH10

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    Published on Aug. 9, 2023


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