chapter  6
EVIDENCE OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND CHARITY
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The emphasis on the Humiliati’s participation in the textile industry has caused their activities in other economic arenas to be ignored or overshadowed. The evidence indicates that the Humiliati were participating in a variety of economic pursuits and that they were quite successful at whatever they did. We need to examine their industriousness and prosperity as it does not fit the model of the vita apostolica in many respects. The group earned profits, invested in land, and interacted with the public in a number of business and legal proceedings. As women dominated the movement, this is particularly important to consider. Not only were women not remaining within the cloister, they were actively engaged with the greater community, often acting on their own in business for the order.