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November 3rd, 2009

"See, you boiled him, but he was a..."

I'm currently making my way through The Name of the Rose, and the characters are getting rather into discussions of the differences among various religious orders, including Franciscans, Fraticelli, and Minorites. These three in particular, the internets tell me, are just different names for the same order.

Oh my brothers and sisters, is Umberto Eco just fucking with me, or are the internets missing a fine distinction?

(Answer: "Fraticelli" is a name both for Franciscans in general and for an extremist offshoot, but Wikipedia doesn't have good docs on them.)