By Augustine Thompson
One of the so much 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 persist with completely the lessons and instance of Christ. in the course of his lifetime and after his demise, fans gathered, for his or her personal reasons, quite a few tales, anecdotes, and stories approximately Francis. hence, the fellow 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 facts for the lifetime of Francis utilizing glossy ancient equipment. the result's a posh but sympathetic portrait of the fellow and the saint. Francis emerges from this account as greatly a standard 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 distinct divine suggestion to supply him with ideas for following the lessons of Jesus. particularly, he spent his lifestyles reacting to unforeseen demanding situations, ahead of which he usually discovered himself unprepared and unsure. The Francis who emerges here's either extra advanced and extra conflicted than that of older biographies. His famed devotion to poverty is located to be extra nuanced than anticipated, might be now not even his crucial non secular situation. Thompson revisits occasions small and massive in Francis's lifestyles, together with his kin along 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 at the back of the legends and renowned images.
A travel de strength of ancient learn and biographical writing, Francis of Assisi: a brand new Biography is split into complementary elements a stand on my own biographical narrative and a detailed, annotated exam of the historic assets 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 communicate to fashionable humans, believers and unbelievers alike, and that the Francis i've got come to understand may have anything to claim to them today.""