By James D. Mixson

Concentrating on the subject of estate and group, this research deals a brand new account of the origins of fifteenth-century Observant reform within the monasteries and canonries of the southern Empire. via shut readings of unpublished texts, it lines how rules approximately reformed neighborhood emerged, either past and in the spiritual orders, within the period of the Council of Constance. targeting reform between priests and canons in Bavaria and Austria to 1450, it then indicates how these principles have been utilized in perform, via reforming visitation and during a devotional tradition steeped within the 'new piety' of the day. those issues enable the Observant flow to provide clean views at the background spiritual group, reform, and the church within the 15th century.

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