Nedoceněná oběť? Propojené historie středověkých františkánských mučednictví v Asii

Title in English An unappreciated sacrifice? Connected histories of medieval Franciscan martyrdoms in Asia


Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Axis Mundi
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Franciscans; Middle Ages; martyrdom; Christian missions to Asia; Christian-Muslim encounter; Mongol empire; entangled history
Description The paper discusses medieval Latin missionary accounts regarding the martyrdom of Franciscan friars in the Indian town of Thana in 1321. It focuses on its reflection within the Latin letters by Franciscans in Mongol China with particular regard to the local cultural context. Following up on the research of Isabelle Heullant-Donat and Christopher MacEvitt, the paper links the attitudes towards martyrdom with the local perspectives on poverty and the local religious policies. The paper suggests that the Franciscan mission in China in the first half of the 14th century did not appreciate martyrdom as a valuable strategy. The paper aims to contribute to the entangled histories of the medieval Franciscan missions in Asia.
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