By Gabriella Erdélyi

ISBN-10: 1409467597

ISBN-13: 9781409467595

In 1517, the often tranquil friary within the Hungarian city of Körmend came across itself on the centre of controversy while its Augustinian friars, charged with drunkenness, sexual abuses and liturgical negligence, have been pushed out and changed with observant Franciscans. The agent of switch during this clash, cardinal Thomas Bakócz, claimed to be performing within the identify of ’cloister reform’ influenced via a non secular schedule, whereas the Augustinians portrayed themselves because the sufferers of a political online game. in line with the surviving interrogations of a papal enquiry into those occasions, this e-book illuminates the tensions and power clash that lurked in the non secular tradition of a possible 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 methods during which traditional humans grow to be ancient brokers from the written files. via focussing on their reviews as represented within the trial files the booklet unearths the areas and borders of person and communal motion in the dynamic of lay-clerical family negotiated in a friary reform firstly of the sixteenth century. additionally, the ethical nature of the accusations levelled on the Augustinians - and no matter if those have been justified or instigated for political purposes - deals additional insights into the character of late-medieval Catholicism and the claims of Protestant reformers.

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