Franciscan Poverty and Franciscan Economic Thought

Ryan Thornton, Franciscan Poverty and Franciscan Economic Thought (1209-1348). The Medieval Franciscans 21 (Brill 2023).

When Francis of Assisi started to use his family’s resources for religious purposes, his father took him to court. It was there that Francis dispossessed himself of everything and began a new life that soon inspired others to follow. Within a century, members of this Order of Friars Minor were among the first to dedicate complete treatises to discussions of buying, selling, and the whole of human exchange that is known as economics. The natural question to ask—and the one proposed here—is whether there might be a connection between the two, between Franciscan poverty and Franciscan economic thought?

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