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The Franciscan conspiracy
by John Sack
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"A coded letter drives the devout monk Conrad into the bawdy, treacherous society of thirteenth-century Italy. His quest to discover the truth behind Saint Francis' death entangles Conrad in the lives of worldly merchants, scheming clerics, indomitable women, and even Pope Gregory X. Each step tests Conrad's severe morality, his astute mind, and his simple, loving heart." "This richly imagined historical novel not only carries the reader into the lives of these authentic, irresistible characters, but also reveals the plausible truth of Saint Francis' death."."Author John Sack drew on the writings of Francis' contemporaries: the biographies (or Legends) of Francis' life written in the forty years following his death, as well as the chronicles of the wandering friar Salimbene who appears in the novel. The crusades and various Church Councils described in the book refer to historical events. The popes and leaders of the Franciscan Order as well as most of the friars in the story, are also based on real people."--BOOK JACKET.
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