The Cardinal and Religious Reform
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We have learned that Bakócz very consciously respected all legal expectations. If anything, his excess of precaution is remarkable rather than any arbitrariness in his dealings. Is this evidence of, we might ask, an underlying effort to conceal a political agenda lurking behind the observant reform at Körmend? The fact that neither he nor his nephew, acting as local landlord, invested in the restoration of the cloister buildings, resulting in the Franciscans’ desertion of the friary a few years later, may be interpreted as a symptom of a focused effort to remove the Augustinians. As some of the witnesses recalled, on his way to Rome, in 1511, the cardinal visited the friary and warned the friars to change their way of life lest they be expelled1-which must have also been a calculated move, since such preliminary exhortations were an established part of legal procedures of cloister reforms.