chapter  8
Friars Preachers in frontier provinces of medieval Europe
ByJohnny Grandjean Gøgsig Jakobsen
Pages 14

In 1216, Europe saw the foundation of a new monastic order: the Order of Preachers, or as it is better known today, the Dominican Order. The basic idea of the order was to form a mobile corps of elite preachers, all specialists in theology as well as communication. Furthermore, the members were to live in accordance with what they were preaching, being good examples of Christian humility themselves, and for this purpose they were to be mendicants, that is beggars, only to live on alms and donations from the rest of society. The more profound aim of the Friars Preachers, as the members were called, was to fight heresy and paganism, and spread basic Christian knowledge among laypeople everywhere, to help improve their behaviour and increase their chances of salvation.