Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 30, 2003 - Religion - 288 pages
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Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto strips away the legends from the life of Francis of Assisi to reveal the true story of a man who has too often been obscured by pious iconography. Drawing on unprecedented access to unexplored archives, plus Francis's own letters, Spoto places Francis within the context of the multifaceted ecclesiastical, political, and social forces of medieval Italy, casting new light on Francis and showing how his emphasis on charity as the heart of the Gospel's message helped him pioneer a new social movement. This nuanced portrait reveals the multifaceted character of a man who can genuinely be said to have changed the course of history.

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User Review  - Philip Tutt -

The author of this book is a professional biographer, historian, and theologian. His subjects range from the mundane (Jacqueline Onassis) to the sublime (Francis of Assisi). Before I read the book, I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fjcommelin - Goodreads

very good how Donald Spoto unravels the tapestry made of history and mythmaking. Read full review

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