Gli ordini mendicanti e le relazioni letterarieculturali tra l’Italia e l’Europa Centrale nel ’400–’500
Un progetto di ricerca comparativa sulle comunità femminili
Abstract In my paper I shall speak about the international network created by the two big mendicant orders, and about its cultural manifestations. This network became more intensive in the period of the so-called observant reform. In the first part of my paper I will present two casestudies, though which we can understand how these cultural exchanges worked in the 15th century. The first is an exchange of letters between the Venetian and Hungarian Dominicans about the canonization process of Catherine of Siena, and the main result of this correspondence was that two important hagiographic texts survived only in these letters. The second casestudy is a codex containing the Italian translation of a heretic text, in which there are some Hungarian references, and that survived trough the inquisitorial activity by the famous Italian Franciscan preacher, John of Capestrano. In the second part of the paper I shall present two recent researchprojects: the first is an international project aiming the publication of all the letters written by John of Capestrano with the collaboration of scholars, mainly from Hungary, Poland and Italy, but also from other countries. The second one is a comparative analysis between the literary activity of the mendicant female communities in Umbria and in Hungary around 1500.