- a member of a former lay brotherhood, founded in Flanders in the 13th century, living after the manner of the Beguines.
Origin of Beghard
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The origin of the names Beguine and Beghard has been the subject of much controversy.
Walter, known as the Lollard, was a Hollander, and was the most active and successful of the Beghard missionaries.
A leading feature of the Beghard propaganda was the circulation among the laity of written tracts and devotional works.
Not long after a similar martyrdom occurred at Constance, where a Beghard, named Burgin, had founded a sect of extreme austerity.
In popular use the words Lollard and Beghard were virtually convertible, and yet there is a difference between them.
- a member of a Christian brotherhood that was founded in Flanders in the 13th century and followed a life based on that of the BeguinesAlso called: Beguin
C17: from Medieval Latin beghardus, from Beg (uine) + -ard; compare Old French bégard, Middle Dutch beggaert, Middle High German beghart
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