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Brothers and Sisters of the Free Spirit
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[German Version]

is the term for a number of individuals and groups persecuted as heretical; they do not constitute a homogeneous organization, even if some connections exist between individual representatives – mostly laypersons, including a disproportionately large number of women. Nor can a unified doctrinal system be identified. More instructive than the stereotypical lists of heresies, as were produced by the church in the context of persecution, are direct sources from the series of Brothers and Sisters, especially the Miroir des simples âmes of Marguerite Porète. Until so…

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Ehrenschwendtner, Marie-Luise, “Brothers and Sisters of the Free Spirit”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_02426>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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