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‘Kortrijk - Inside the Beguinage - 6’

In my search for more information about beguinages, I also learned something that I didn’t know before.
I’m convinced that relatively few people in Belgium know this. There existed also a male counterpart for the beguines in the 13th and 14th centuries. A man who lives in such a community is called a beghard.

The beghards, like the beguines, were part of the semi-religious communities that arose within the Roman Catholic Church from the 12th century. Unlike a member of a monastic order of strict observance, they took no perpetual vows, but only temporary, usually annual vows. Nor did the communities follow any monastic rule recognized by the church. They confined themselves to the vows of chastity and obedience, not those of poverty.
Unlike the beguines, they didn’t live independently in separate houses united in beguinages, but in communities. They remained communities of lay brothers and they weren’t ordained as priests.

The first beghard community on which documents exist (therefore not necessarily the oldest) was that of Douai (Northern France) in 1246.
In Belgium, beghard communities were found in Antwerp (1297), Bruges, Diest (1268), Tournai (Doornik) (1297), Ghent (1289), Ypres (Ieper) (1297), Leuven, Liège, Nivelles (Nijvel) ( 1272), Sint-Truiden (1270), Tienen and Zepperen.

The beghards were mainly manual labourers, especially weavers.

Information from Wikipedia.

I also found that the beghard communities were eventually proscribed as heretical by the medieval church and in the 14th century all but extinct.

These are my last pictures of the Kortrijk Beguinage. The very last ones can be found in the WS here.
But I also took other pictures in Kortrijk :) However, the beguinage has provided me with many interesting views.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6297 W: 22 N: 14849] (58883)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2021-09-07
  • Exposition: 1/21 secondes
  • Versions: version originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-09-24 11:41
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