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The mendicant Order of Minims was founded by a Calabrian hermit and healer, St. Francesco di Paola (1416-1507), who left his homeland behind in 1483 to attend to the ailing Louis XI in France at the latter’s request. They received papal approval for a new “rule” (despite the injunction of the Fourth Lateran Council against such developments in 1215...
This article presents a proposal for data collection from textual resources in history and the social sciences that we call Computer-Assisted Semantic Text Modelling (CASTEMO). The CASTEMO data model and data collection workflow is based on detailed, yet flexible semantic encoding of the original natural-language syntactic structure and wording: tr...
This article argues that despite an official royal ban on discussing solutions to the Great Western Schism (1378-1417) in France from 1381 to approximately 1392, conversation continued, employing new literary and rhetorical forms and new back-channels of communication. Two major discourses are examined: that of Hildegardian prophecy and one that to...
The Celestine monks of France represent one of the least studied monastic reform movements of the late Middle Ages, and yet also one of the most culturally impactful. Their order - an austere Italian Benedictine reform of the late thirteenth century, which came to be known after the papal name (Celestine V) of its founder (Pietro da Morrone / St Pe...
The processes by which ideas, objects, texts and political thought and experience moved across boundaries in the Middle Ages form the focus of this book, which also seeks to reassess the nature of the boundaries themselves; it thus appropriately reflects a major theme of Dr Malcolm Vale's work, which the essays collected here honour. They suggest w...
This project uses the methods of social network analysis, geoinformatics, and natural language processing to shed new light on the social, spatial, and discursive patterns of medieval dissident Christianities, heresy trials, and inquisitorial records. Our case studies focus on Languedoc from the 1230s to the 1320s; Lombardy and Tuscany from the 1240s to the 1300s; and England from the 15th to the 16th centuries, thereby covering various dissident religious cultures such as Cathars, Waldensians, Beguins, Fraticelli, Guglielmites, and Lollards. The project is funded by an ERC Consolidator grant (2021-2026). Previously it has received an EXPRO grant from the Czech Science Foundation (2019-2021).