Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Poverty of Christ and the Apostles

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Poverty of Christ and the Apostles

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Hervaeus Natalis. The Poverty of Christ and the Apostles. Translated by John D. Jones. [Mediaeval Sources in Translation, 37; Studies in Moral Teaching, 2.] (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. 1999. Pp. ix,184. $28.95 paperback.)

In 1322 and 1323 Pope John XXII issued a series of bulls rejecting the view of apostolic and Franciscan poverty held, not only by the spiritual Franciscans, but by leaders of the Franciscan order and by previous popes as well. The Franciscans did not surrender without a fight, and the result was a large body of polemical material. Here John Jones translates two contributions to the debate: first and foremost, a treatise by the illustrious Dominican scholar Hervaeus Natalis supporting the pope's position; and then, in an appendix, a contemporary scribe's summary of arguments to the contrary presented by eight Franciscan scholars including the major figures Bertrand de la Tour and Vital du Four. Jones prefaces the translations with a useful introduction tracing the evolution of the controversy and analyzing Hervaeus' treatise. …

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