Originally published in French in 1894, Sabatier’s was the
first modern biography of Francis of Assisi. It was a worldwide bestseller, and in 2003 when this new edition was first published, it again sold more than 60,000 copies and was a selection of History Book Club.
This new 120th anniversary edition includes a dozen additional annotations and a new preface by the editor, putting Sabatier’s influential work into
its historical context, showing why it is still the most essential life of the saint.
About the authors
Paul Sabatier (1858-1928) was educated in Paris and served as a pastor in Strasbourg. In mid-life, he dedicated himself to research and writing about Francis. His pioneering work has influenced the work of generations of scholars and biographers since his time.
Jon M. Sweeney is the author of many books including The Pope Who Quit, which was recently optioned by HBO.
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