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|series:||Con gli occhi dello Spirito|
At the center of this study lies the intricate story of the confirmation of the Franciscan Rule by Pope Honorius III, in 1223. What link exists between this confirmation and the meeting of St. Francis with Innocent III, which legends are around 1208- 1209? And why a new "Rule", after the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) had expressly forbidden the adoption of new legislative texts, inviting us to use the already existing "Rules", those of Benedict, Augustine, Basilio?
Through the meticulous examination of some frescoes of the Franciscan cycle in the Upper Basilica of Assisi, and taking up an intuition of Paul Sabatier, the Author accompanies us in a masterly way to understand the difficult path that led the fraternity born of Francis to become an Order among the most important and widespread in the medieval Church.
CHIARA FRUGONI is the best known of medieval history scholars in Italy, known for her method of investigation that equally holds texts and images, in the belief that images also speak.