The Carmelites and Antiquity: Mendicants and their Pasts in the Middle Ages

Hardcover | July 1, 2002

byAndrew Jotischky

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The Carmelites, the only contemplative religious order to have been founded in the Crusader States, first emerged as a group of hermits living on Mount Carmel, a site associated with the prophet Elijah. Soon after migrating to the West, in the mid-thirteenth century, they began to develop thegeographical associations into a complex historical tradition based on the claim to have been founded by the prophet. Carmelite historical myths were first developed as a response to the threat of suppression, but increasingly came to form the basis of a distinctive ecclesiology and mission. Thisbook, which is the first full-length study of the Carmelite historical legendary, examines the circumstances under which the traditions were constructed, describes the evolution of the traditions themselves from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries, and places them within the wider context ofhistorical writing by religious orders, and attitudes to the past more generally in the later Middle Ages.

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The Carmelites, the only contemplative religious order to have been founded in the Crusader States, first emerged as a group of hermits living on Mount Carmel, a site associated with the prophet Elijah. Soon after migrating to the West, in the mid-thirteenth century, they began to develop thegeographical associations into a complex his...

Andrew Jotishky is a Senior Lecturer in History, University of Lancaster.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.02 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198206348

ISBN - 13:9780198206347

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Carmelites, c.1187-15302. Identity, Image, and Antiquity: The Carmelite Habit3. The `Ignea sagitta' (1270): The First Defence of Carmelite Tradition4. The Development of Carmelite Historical Narrative, c.1240-14005. Carmelite Ecclesiology in the Fourteenth Century6. Hagiography and the Orthodox Past: Two Carmelite Saints7. The Carmelite Historical Tradition, c.1400-15308. Patterns in Mendicant Historical Thinking9. Antiquity, Truth, and Historical Method in the Carmelites and OthersConclusion

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`Jotischky allows the reader to enter into the intellectual and imaginary world of the Carmelites themselves ... He neatly demonstrates the strengths of particular arguments and the reasons behind them, allowing the reader to trace their development and show how history was constructed to meetcontemporary needs.'Journal of Ecclesiastical History