The Master, His Convent and the Chapter General
The Master was the ruler of the Order: late in the thirteenth century William of S. Stefano was still able to regard him as exercising direct and personal government. He had, however, always shared authority with his Convent in the East and with the Chapter General, and in the period before 1310 the balance of power altered in favour of these last two bodies.1
KeywordsThirteenth Century Fourteenth Century Twelfth Century Central Convent Official Letter
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