B o e k h a n d e l 

K i r c h n e r

Leliegracht 36

1015 DH




Invitation Book launch


The Making of Medieval Antifraternalism


Polemic, Violence, Deviance & Remembrance


Saturday, july 14-th, 16.00 u


Dear sir, madam,

We are proud and honoured to be able to invite you for the book launch of the newest book of Guy Geltner, professor of Medieval  History at the UvA:


'The Making of Medieval Antifraternalism. Polemic, Violence, Deviance & Remembrance' 


Guy Geltner will be talking about his book with Gerard Wiegers, professor of Religious Studies at the UvA

(mainly in english).


The mendicant orders - Augustinians, Carmelites, Dominicans, Franciscans, and several other groups - spread across Europe apace from the early thirteenth century, profoundly influencing numerous aspect of medieval life. But alongside their tremendous success, their members (friars) also encountered derision, scorn, and even violence.

Such opposition, generally known as antifraternalism, is often seen as an ecclesiastical in-house affair or an ideological response to the brethren's laxity: both cases registering a moral decline symptomatic of a decadent church.

Challenging the accuracy of these views, Geltner contends that the phenomenon exhibits a breadth of scope that on the one hand pushes it far beyond its accustomed boundaries, and on the other supports only tenuous links with Reformation or modern forms of anticlericalism.

Drawing from numerous sources, from theological treatises to poetry and criminal court records, Guy Geltner shows that people from all walks of life lambasted and occasionally assaulted the brethren, orchestrating detailed scenes of urban violence in the process. Their myriad motivations and diverse goals preclude us from associating antifraternalism with any one ideology or agenda, let alone allow us to brand many of its proponents as religious reformers.

At the same time, he demonstrates the friars' active role in forging a medieval antifraternal tradition, not only by deviating from their founders' paths to varying degrees, but also by chronicling their suffering inter fideles and thus incorporating it into the orders' identity as the vanguard of Christianity. In doing so, Geltner illuminates a major chapter in Europe's social, urban, and religious history.


15.45: open

16.00: welcome by Frederik Lobbrecht ( Boekhandel Kirchner)

16.05: introduction by Guy Geltner

16.30: response by Gerard Wiegers

16.45: discussion & questions

17.30: drinks


Place & time: Boekhandel Kirchner, Leliegracht 36, july 14-th, 16.00-18.00


Admittance: euro 5,-



As the number of seats is limited to 25 we ask you to let us know you will be attending, either by email: info@boekhandelkirchner.nl  or by phone: 020-6244449.

We will confirm your reservation!


Guy Geltner: The Making of Medieval Antifraternalism: Polemic, Violence, Deviance, and Remembrance. 

Oxford University Press, 208 pp, hardback, euro 84,50, isbn 9780199639458

Special Book-launch offer: at the presentation the book will be available for euro 74,95 !

You can order the book here.


  Guy Geltner is Professor of Medieval History and Director of the Center for Medieval Studies Amsterdam. See this link voor more information.
Gerard Wiegers is professor of Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam. For more information, see this link.