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Brothers and Sisters of the Common Life
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[German Version]

(Fratres et sorores vitae communis, Fraterherren, Fratres cucullati). G. Groote (1340–1384), a penitential preacher and former canon of Aachen and Utrecht, initiated a new devotional movement, the devotio moderna , which quickly led to new forms of religious life. In 1374, primarily under the influence of Johannes Brinckerinck (1359–1419), Groote's home in Deventer became the first house of the Sisters of the Common Life; it was followed by many others in the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as some 70 in nor…

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Crusius, Irene, “Brothers and Sisters of the Common Life”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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