Brethren of the Free Spirit. A fanatical sect, between the
thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, diffused through Italy, France, and
Germany. They claimed “freedom of spirit,” and based their claims on
Romans viii. 2-14, “The law of the Spirit hath made me free from the
law of sin and death.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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