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“Francesco ‘crociato’? Qualche rilievo storico-canonistico”, conference by Franco Cardini, professor emeritus Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

The Italian Cultural Institute and the Centre d’études médiévales de l’Université de Montréal, within the series of conferences dedicated to the topic “Francesco e al-Malik, 800 anni dopo. L’incontro tra Francesco d’Assisi e il sultano al-Malik al-Kamil (1219)”, (September 17, 2018 – December 10, 2019), are pleased to present the conference by professor Franco CardiniFrancesco ‘crociato’? Qualche rilievo storico-canonistico”.

Tuesday October 29 2019, 6pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
1200, Av. du Dr. Penfield
Montreal (QC), QC H3A 1A9
Conference in Italian

The meeting between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt took place eight centuries ago, in 1219. More than celebrating a centenary, the cycle of conferences, conceived by the Italian Cultural Institute and by the Center d’études médiévales of the Université de Montréal, bringing together scholars of various disciplines, all of high profile and international fame, wants to bring the public closer to the meaning of this extraordinary event for contemporaries and posterity. According to the canon law of the early thirteenth century, in times of crusade it was not permissible, on pain of excommunication, to enter an area in which one fought without having pronounced the votum crucis, which was a simple vow of pilgrimage, and not of war. How to understand then, in the light of this requirement, the figure and the sense of Francis ‘Crusader’?

Franco Cardini, historian of the Middle Ages among the greatest of our time, is, among other things, a keen and prolific scholar of the history of the Crusades, the pilgrimage and the relations between East and West. Among his recent books, we remember at least: In Terrasanta: pellegrini italiani tra Medioevo e prima età moderna (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2002), and Nella presenza del Soldan superba: saggi francescani (Spoleto, CISAM, 2009), Europa e Islam. Storia di un malinteso (Rome-Bari, Laterza, 2018).

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  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal
  • In collaboration with: Centre d’études médiévales de l’Université de Mont