Wealthy adventurer, wayward son, defender of the poor, friend of animals . . . for years, the beloved saint has captured our imagination, yet our knowledge of him comes mainly from legends and iconography. In this engaging, exhaustively researched biography, Spoto places St. Francis in the context of the multifaceted ecclesiastical, political, and social forces of medieval Italy. 256 pages, softcover from Penguin.
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.
Donald Spoto has taught religious studies, Biblical literature, and Christian mysticism on the university level for more than twenty years and has written many bestselling biographies.
"An engaging and revealing portrait of a remarkable man." (The Hartford Courant)
"As with The Hidden Jesus, [Spoto again] produces a serious, thought-provoking book." (Booklist)
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