A procession of flagellants. Engraving by François Morellon de la Cave.
- Cave, François Morellon La, active approximately 1700-1766.
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Flagellants, group of religious people during the 13th century who proclaimed the imminence of the wrath of God against corruption and, as a religious rite, practiced public, self-inflicted scourgings. The sect arose in Perugia in 1259 and is said to have numbered 10.000. The members would run through the streets of a town lashing themselves about the shoulders, calling upon bystanders to join them. The outbreak of the Black Death, from 1347 to 1349, encouraged an intensified revival of the movement. A revival of the movement in Germany culminated in the condemnation of the sect by the Council of Constance (1414-1418)
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