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(Ordo Beatae Mariae Virginis de Mercede redemptionis captivorum, OdeM; also: Nolascans). The Order of the Mercedarians was founded in Barcelona in 1218(?) by Pierre Nolasque (also known as Nolasco; c. 1189–1256) as a lay congregation of knights committed to the ransoming of Christian slaves from the Muslims of southern Spain and North Africa (today: deliverance from every form of social, political, and psychological enslavement). The ransom money was raised through the sale of real estat…

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Eder, Manfred, “Mercedarians”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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