Na Prous Boneta

“If this pope and the cardinals should say that the things she holds and claims are erroneous and heretical she would neither believe nor obey them.”[i]

This follower of the Spiritual Franciscans, whose policy of radical poverty was declared heretical, became a visionary leader who opposed the church’s burning of lepers in 1321 and 1322. In fact, she went so far as to compare the present Pope to “Caiaphas, who crucified Christ.”[ii] Burnt to death in 1325, Na Prous gave trial testimony before the Inquisition, articulating her beliefs. You can read her testimony here.

[i] Elizabeth Alvilda Petroff, Medieval Women’s Visionary Literature (NY: Oxford University Press, 1986), 289.

[ii] Petroff 286.