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The Resource Francis of Assisi : a new biography, Augustine Thompson

Francis of Assisi : a new biography, Augustine Thompson

Label
Francis of Assisi : a new biography
Title
Francis of Assisi
Title remainder
a new biography
Statement of responsibility
Augustine Thompson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Overview: Among the most beloved saints in the Catholic tradition, Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226) is popularly remembered for his dedication to poverty, his love of animals and nature, and his desire to follow perfectly the teachings and example of Christ. During his lifetime and after his death, followers collected, for their own purposes, numerous stories, anecdotes, and reports about Francis. As a result, the man himself and his own concerns became lost in legend. In this authoritative and engaging new biography, Augustine Thompson, O.P., sifts through the surviving evidence for the life of Francis using modern historical methods. The result is a complex yet sympathetic portrait of the man and the saint. Francis emerges from this account as very much a typical thirteenth-century Italian layman, but one who, when faced with unexpected crises in his personal life, made decisions so radical that they challenge his own society-and ours. Unlike the saint of legend, this Francis never had a unique divine inspiration to provide him with rules for following the teachings of Jesus. Rather, he spent his life reacting to unexpected challenges, before which he often found himself unprepared and uncertain. The Francis who emerges here is both more complex and more conflicted than that of older biographies. His famed devotion to poverty is found to be more nuanced than expected, perhaps not even his principal spiritual concern. Thompson revisits events small and large in Francis's life, including his troubled relations with his father, his contacts with Clare of Assisi, his encounter with the Muslim sultan, and his receiving the Stigmata, to uncover the man behind the legends and popular images. A tour de force of historical research and biographical writing, Francis of Assisi: A New Biography is divided into two complementary parts-a stand alone biographical narrative and a close, annotated examination of the historical sources about Francis. Taken together, the narrative and the survey of the sources provide a much-needed fresh perspective on this iconic figure. "As I have worked on this biography," Thompson writes, "my respect for Francis and his vision has increased, and I hope that this book will speak to modern people, believers and unbelievers alike, and that the Francis I have come to know will have something to say to them today."
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
NIC/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thompson, Augustine
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BX4700.F6
LC item number
T46 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Francis
  • Francis
  • Franz
  • Christian saints
  • Christian saints
  • Italy
Label
Francis of Assisi : a new biography, Augustine Thompson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-291) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part 1: Life: -- 1: When I was in my sins," 1181-1205 -- 2: Penitent from Assisi, 1206-1209 -- 3: Primitive fraternity, 1209-1215 -- 4: Expansion and consolidation, 1216-1220 -- 5: Francis returns home, 1220-1221 -- 6: Rules and retirement, 1221-1223 -- 7: Way of the cross, 1223-1225 -- 8: From penitent to saint, 1225-1226 -- For further reading -- Part 2: Sources And Debates: -- List of abbreviations -- On the Franciscan question -- On Chapter 1 -- On Chapter 2 -- On Chapter 3 -- On Chapter 4 -- On Chapter 5 -- On Chapter 6 -- On Chapter 7 -- On Chapter 8 -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
752910788
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 299 pages
Isbn
9780801450709
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011037724
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)752910788
Label
Francis of Assisi : a new biography, Augustine Thompson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-291) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part 1: Life: -- 1: When I was in my sins," 1181-1205 -- 2: Penitent from Assisi, 1206-1209 -- 3: Primitive fraternity, 1209-1215 -- 4: Expansion and consolidation, 1216-1220 -- 5: Francis returns home, 1220-1221 -- 6: Rules and retirement, 1221-1223 -- 7: Way of the cross, 1223-1225 -- 8: From penitent to saint, 1225-1226 -- For further reading -- Part 2: Sources And Debates: -- List of abbreviations -- On the Franciscan question -- On Chapter 1 -- On Chapter 2 -- On Chapter 3 -- On Chapter 4 -- On Chapter 5 -- On Chapter 6 -- On Chapter 7 -- On Chapter 8 -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
752910788
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 299 pages
Isbn
9780801450709
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011037724
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)752910788
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