First Franciscans Arrive in England, are Thought of as Spies & Robbers Hot

First Franciscans Arrive in England, are Thought of as Spies & Robbers

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The first Franciscans arrive in England. This first group of nine arrives at Dover on a Tuesday, and they are initially taken for spies or robbers because no one has seen people quite like them before.

At the time the habit worn by Franciscans is gray (later it will be brown), so they come to be called "the Gray Friars" by the English.

The English clergy have reportedly become rather lax in adhering to Church standards. These new friars who live very simple lives are a stark contrast to what the people are accustomed to, and their preaching catches on very quickly. Soon there will be over 1,500 Franciscan friars preaching across the country, and the demand will keep increasing.

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