The Franciscan Invention of the New World

  • Julia McClure

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Julia McClure
    Pages 1-22
  3. Julia McClure
    Pages 23-48
  4. Julia McClure
    Pages 83-116
  5. Julia McClure
    Pages 159-187
  6. Julia McClure
    Pages 189-194
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 195-229

About this book


This book examines the story of the ‘discovery of America’ through the prism of the history of the Franciscans, a socio-religious movement with a unique doctrine of voluntary poverty. The Franciscans rapidly developed global dimensions, but their often paradoxical relationships with poverty and power offer an alternate account of global history. Through this lens, Julia McClure offers a deeper history of colonialism, not only by extending its chronology, but also by exploring the powerful role of ambivalence in the emergence of colonial regimes. Other topics discussed include the legal history of property, the complexity and politics of global knowledge networks, the early (and neglected) history of the Near Atlantic, and the transatlantic inquisition, mysticism, apocalypticism, and religious imaginations of place.


Global history New World Franciscans Discovery of America Spanish mysticism Global middle ages history of poverty

Authors and affiliations

  • Julia McClure
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Warwick ConventryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-43022-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-43023-2
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