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Michael of Cesena
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(died Nov 29, 1342, Munich). After receiving his doctorate in theology in Paris in 1316 and being elected minister general of the Franciscans, Michael became the key figure in the transition from the practical to the theoretical poverty (IV) debate. In agreement with John XXII, he opposed the Spiritual Franciscans, whom he had been unable to reintegrate into the order; after the chapter in Perugia in 1322, however, he rejected its denial of the total poverty of Christ and his disciples. Summoned to Avignon in 1327, in 1328 he took refuge with Louis the Bavarian. Excommunic…

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Leppin, Volker, “Michael of Cesena”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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