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Ubertino of Casale[1], (1259 – 1329) was an Italian Franciscan and one of the leaders (together with Michael of Cesena; preceded by Peter Olivi) of the stricter branch of the Franciscan Christian order. For some time he was a chaplain of the cardinal Orsini.

Ubertino was born in Casale Monferrato. While in disfavor with the Pope, he wrote the Arbor Vitae Crucifixae Jesu Christi, exalting a literal interpretation of the Rule of St. Francis and the poverty of Christ.

Ubertino and Michael of Cesena appear as minor, yet important characters in Umberto Eco's famous historical novel The Name of the Rose (1980). Ubertino of Casale is also mentioned by Francis of Assisi in Dante's Comedy (Paradiso, Canto XII, verses 121-126), as supporter of stricter Franciscan rules.

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  1. ^ Ubertino da Casale, Ubertino di Casale, Ubertino de Casale.


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