Joachimites


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Joachimites

 

followers of Joachim of Floris, adherents of radical heretical movements in Western Europe in the 13th to 15th centuries.

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Each period of Christian history--whether in earliest Christianity, Joachimites in the thirteenth century, among Protestant "sects" in the sixteenth century, or in later independent movements--offered its own versions.
In this sense, the destabilization of the Franciscans by the controversy relating to poverty (compare the fraticelli, the Joachimites and other Spirituals) which led notably to the arrest in 1323 of the General of the Franciscans, Michael of Cesena, his proctor Bonagrazia of Bergamo and the English provincial superior, William of Ockham, is strangely parallel to the destabilization of the Dominicans by the phenomenon of `Rhineland mysticism' (of which the Dominican nuns, often former beguines, constituted the principal carrier), and which led at least from that same year 1323 to steps towards the preliminary investigations of 1326 against Meister Eckhart.