A member of a mendicant order. Friars were a response to interest in the improvement of religious standards in secular society. Similar to but different than monks, friars could not own property. Monks typically traveled a great deal, often traveling to cities where they would preach to large numbers of people.
Related term(s): Mendicant; Friary; Monastic; Monastery; Monk; Secular
Category: Western Christianity
Last modified: 02.08.05
Source information: Singman, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Medieval Europe. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999. 206.