Personal Experience, or a General Rule? Contextualizing Riccoldo da Monte di Croce´s Conversion Experience of Various Religious Communities



Year of publication 2017
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description In his Ad nationes orientales Riccoldo da Monte di Croce makes a remarkable statement concerning the difficulty with which followers of different religions were converted to Roman Christianity. The paper analyses Riccoldo’s opinion on this issue in the context of contemporary missionary experience, both Dominican and Franciscan, in Asia. The accounts and letters of several other missionaries operating in the regions under Mongol rule, such as those of William of Rubruck, John of Montecorvino, Andrew of Perugia, and Jordan of Catala provide us with rich material for comparative analysis. The main concern of the paper is to find out the extent to which Riccoldo’s experience was unique, or corresponds to the experience of other friars operating in medieval Asia.
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