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Introduction Section One: The Thirteenth Century i. St Francis's Vocation to Live and Proclaim the Gospel o z. The Initial Expansion of the Order 2z 3. The Poor Followers of St Francis 37 4. The Friars' Ministry of Preaching 48 5. Preparation for the Apostolate 58 6. Friars and the Papacy 69 7. St Bonaventure 8z 8. The Order's Role in the Church 95 Section Two: The Fourteenth Century 9. The Mission to China 108 Io. The Growing Clamour for Reform 19 11. The Crisis under Pope John XXII 130 iz. The Friars and Their Neighbours 141 13. Giovanni Boccaccio, Satire and the Friars 15s 14 The Friars' Churches 16x 15. Communities of the Friars Minor Conventual 171 16. The Emergence of the Observant Reform in Umbria 181 Section Three: The Fifteenth Century 17. The Preaching of St Bernardine of Siena 19Z 18. Towards Division, 1400-1446 102 I9. Observants and Conventuals, 1410-1456 13 Conclusion 223