ABSTRACT

The correspondence of the Avignon popes between 1305 and 1352 includes numerous appeals for the conduct of preaching and the adoption of liturgical measures for the crusade, but data pertaining to the corresponding clerical reaction to those calls is extremely scarce. Apart from some indications that Clement V, in 1309, and Benedict XII, in 1335, were disappointed with what each considered dispassionate preaching, it is difficult to say without further research in the diocesan registers if the local clergy obeyed papal calls. Indeed, the registers of the Avignon popes constitute an accurate representation of the curia’s efforts to organize preaching and liturgical campaigns for the crusade; they do not include reports of the clergy’s response to papal calls or accounts of actual preaching events.