The Franciscan Story
The Franciscan Story is varied and engrossing work which spans more than eight centuries. Beginning with St Francis, Maurice Carmody examines: . How the first Order grew rapidly after the time of St Francis (1182-1226), and how a simple brotherhood became an organised religious order which spread throughout Europe and beyond to implement papal policy in Church reform, missions, higher education and diplomacy. . How disagreements over whether Francis would have approved led to division and, from the sixteenth century onwards, how new orders formed - Conventual, Observant and Capuchin Franciscans as well as Riformati, Recollects and Alcantarines. . How women of the second Order, founded by Clare of Assisi (1194-1253) and her friend St Francis, have adapted and shared Franciscan ideals in a monastic setting since the thirteenth century. . How the third Order, which comprised laity and vowed religious men and women living in community, embraced the same values - a simple lifestyle, respect for creation and peaceful living - in ways that often profoundly influenced the society in which they lived. The Franciscan Story is an in-depth and deeply researched account of a religious movement that has influenced both Church and society in many countries since St Francis, il poverello, began it eight hundred years ago.
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