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Francis of Assisi: A Revolutionary Life
by Adrian House
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Bibliography: p. 310. Includes index
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Traces the life and teachings of St. Francis of Assisi and describes his impact on society in medieval Europe.
Title: San Francesco D'Assisi /
Uniform Title: Francis of Assisi. Italian
Author(s): House, Adrian.
Publication: Roma : Newton & Compton,
Description: 288 p.,  p. of plates : col. ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Language: Italian; Text in Italian.
Series: I volti della storia ;; 102;
Standard No: ISBN: 8882896110 (hbk.); 9788882896119 (hbk.)
Descriptor: Christian saints -- Italy -- Assisi -- Biography.
Named Person: Francis of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226.
Geographic: Assisi (Italy) -- Biography.
Note(s): Includes bibliography (p. -274), notes and index.
Class Descriptors: Dewey: 271.302
Responsibility: Adrian House ; [traduzione di Francesca Ricci].
Document Type: Book
Accession No: OCLC: 223596794
House writes sympathetically of his subject, but could have done with good editor. Too often he makes sudden and rather tenuous connections between Francis' life and the lives of other historical figures, and sometimes lapses into awkward repetition of ground already covered - material on p. 274 comparing Francis' self-discipline and mortification to Zen and martial arts disciplines has been aired eleven pages earlier.
All in all though it is a useful visitation of one of history's holiest humans, balanced and pleasantly measured in its assessment of the sociological and theological ingredients of a short but profoundly significant life.
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Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) was the least dogmatic of saints, seeing himself as God's troubadour or fool. His life was a rich succession of dramas. After his debauchery as a young playboy, merchant and soldier, he devoted his life to the poor and sick. In 1224, marks similar to Christ's wounds appeared on his hands, feet and side, the first recorded case of the stigmata. Today, nearly three million people a year visit his tomb in Assisi.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)271.302 — Religions History, geographic treatment, biography of Christianity Religious Congregations and Orders in Church history Franciscans
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