St. Francis of Assisi   -     By: G.K. Chesterton
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Francis of Assisi is, after Mary of Nazareth, the greatest saint in the Christian calendar, and one of the most influential men in the whole of human history. By universal acclaim, this biography by G.K. Chesterton is considered the best appreciation of Francis's life - the one that gets to the heart of the matter. Chesterton gives us Francis in his world - the riotously colorful world of the High Middle Ages, a world with more pageantry and romance than we have seen before or since. Here is the Francis who tried to end the Crusades by talking to the Saracens, and who interceded with the emperor on behalf of the birds. Learn about this saint who turned his world upside down!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Image
Publication Date: 1987
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 X .5 (inches)
ISBN: 0385029004
ISBN-13: 9780385029001
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Francis of Assisi is, after Mary of Nazareth, the greatest saint in the Christian calendar, and one of the most influential men in the whole of human history. By universal acclaim, this biography by G. K. Chesterton is considered the best appreciation of Francis's life--the one that gets to the heart of the matter.



For Chesterton, Francis is a great paradoxical figure, a man who loved women but vowed himself to chastity; an artist who loved the pleasures of the natural world as few have loved them, but vowed himself to the most austere poverty, stripping himself naked in the public square so all could see that he had renounced his worldly goods; a clown who stood on his head in order to see the world aright. Chesterton gives us Francis in his world-the riotously colorful world of the High Middle Ages, a world with more pageantry and romance than we have seen before or since. Here is the Francis who tried to end the Crusades by talking to the Saracens, and who interceded with the emperor on behalf of the birds. Here is the Francis who inspired a revolution in art that began with Giotto and a revolution in poetry that began with Dante. Here is the Francis who prayed and danced with pagan abandon, who talked to animals, who invented the creche.

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G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English journalist, theologian, philosopher, playwright, mystery writer, and more. Among his many great works are Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Everlasting Man, and Orthodoxy.

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    February 26, 2008
    Sue Micetic
    I agree with the crowds that this book is the best on St. Francis, portraying his life in its historical setting and adding clarity and insight into his purpose and his mission. I gained an understanding of monasticism at this point in history which I previously had no appreciation for.
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