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(Hospitallers), a lay brotherhood founded at the end of the 11th century in connection with the church of La-Motte-aux-Bois (since the 14th cent.: St.-Antoine-en-Viennois), which possessed the relics of the desert father Antonius. They cared for those ill with St. Anthony's fire (holy fire, ergot). The Antonites spread rapidly and were transformed in 1247 into a centralized order under the Rule of Augustine (Augustine, Rule of). A period of decline began in the 14th century which could not be stopped even by several attempts at reform (1367, 14…

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Köpf, Ulrich, “Antonites”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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