By Augustine Thompson
One of the such a lot loved saints within the Catholic culture, Francis of Assisi (c. 1181 1226) is popularly remembered for his commitment to poverty, his love of animals and nature, and his wish to stick with completely the lessons and instance of Christ. in the course of his lifetime and after his loss of life, fans amassed, for his or her personal reasons, a variety of tales, anecdotes, and studies approximately Francis. hence, the guy himself and his personal matters grew to become misplaced in legend.
In this authoritative and interesting new biography, Augustine Thompson, O.P., sifts in the course of the surviving proof for the lifetime of Francis utilizing sleek old tools. the result's a posh but sympathetic portrait of the fellow and the saint. Francis emerges from this account as greatly a regular thirteenth-century Italian layman, yet person who, whilst confronted with unforeseen crises in his own lifestyles, made judgements so radical that they problem his personal society and ours. not like the saint of legend, this Francis by no means had a special divine notion to supply him with principles for following the lessons of Jesus. fairly, he spent his lifestyles reacting to unforeseen demanding situations, ahead of which he usually stumbled on himself unprepared and unsure. The Francis who emerges this is either extra advanced and extra conflicted than that of older biographies. His famed devotion to poverty is located to be extra nuanced than anticipated, probably no longer even his significant religious trouble. Thompson revisits occasions small and big in Francis's lifestyles, together with his family together with his father, his contacts with Clare of Assisi, his come across with the Muslim sultan, and his receiving the Stigmata, to discover the fellow in the back of the legends and renowned images.
A journey de strength of historic learn and biographical writing, Francis of Assisi: a brand new Biography is split into complementary components a stand by myself biographical narrative and an in depth, annotated exam of the ancient resources approximately Francis. Taken jointly, the narrative and the survey of the assets offer a much-needed clean standpoint in this iconic determine. "As i've got labored in this biography," Thompson writes, "my recognize for Francis and his imaginative and prescient has elevated, and that i desire that this ebook will converse to fashionable humans, believers and unbelievers alike, and that the Francis i've got come to grasp could have anything to assert to them today.""