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This introduction begins by underlining the necessity of placing the economic practices of the friars at the heart of the studies on the mendicant life (we choose to speak about a real « anthropological object », in particular for Franciscans) while being wary of schematic conceptions, categories and even expressions (such as « economy of the Sacred »). To have a clearer and more global vision of sources, one of the objectives of MARGEC is to offer a long-lasting tool for the scientific community. The workshop allowed to discuss the structure of the inventory of sources, which can be built according to two entries : by types of documents or by types of income. It was decided to combine both approaches, in order to neglect none of the three sectors of the material running of mendicant friaries (income, modalities of management, expenses), as we underline it briefly for the question of the reformatio – both «correlative» and essential in the perspective which is ours.
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