Historical Who is Who
1232 - 1315
Majorcan born troubadour who in mid-life had a mountain-top experience which led to his becoming a Franciscan. After nearly ten years studying Arabic and philosophy, he travelled extensively to present the Christian faith as a fulfilment of human destiny, not least for Jews and Muslims. His engagement with Islam, though it may have proved fatal, was heartfelt and led him to draw on some of its theological insights. He wrote in Catalan, Arabic and Latin. His approach (which included memory-learning tools) was widely influential after his death and included the creation of a professorial position in Lullism at the University of Sorbonne.