He conversed with both the pope and the sultan He transformed a taste for fine things and troubadour poetry into greater loves for poverty and joyful devotion to God He never intended to found a traditional, religious movement, but he did His brothers had to guard him closely as he died in fear that someone would try to snatch the body of this living saint Who was FrHe conversed with both the pope and the sultan He transformed a taste for fine things and troubadour poetry into greater loves for poverty and joyful devotion to God He never intended to found a traditional, religious movement, but he did His brothers had to guard him closely as he died in fear that someone would try to snatch the body of this living saint Who was Francis of Assisi Paul Sabatier, a French Protestant and the first modern biographer of St Francis, sought to find the man beneath the layers of myth and legend Sabatier portrayed a fully human Francis, much like each of us in our awkwardness, insecurities, and fear, but also a gentle mystic and passionate reformer who desired to live as Jesus taught his disciples This updated, twenty first century edition of Sabatier s biography is supplemented by the insights of many other scholars and writers, from Bonaventure and Dante to G K Chesterton and Umberto Eco.
The Road To Assisi The Essential Biography Of St Francis He conversed with both the pope and the sultan He transformed a taste for fine things and troubadour poetry into greater loves for poverty and joyful devotion to God He never intended to found a tradi
Pretty good book that got better after a sort of slow start For the first few chapters, it seemed as though the author was getting sidetracked writing about things that weren t all too relevant in regards to Francis life But that was just at the beginning.What I liked best about the book was that it didn t just glorify Francis It also explored some of his flaws as well Although I admit that I do think this was probably done completely unintentionally by the author.In many areas of the book, the [...]
This is Sabatier s original, somewhat legend enhanced bio of St Francis, with Sweeney s updates via sidebars and notes.
The author devoted his later life to historical writing after serving his early years as a pastor in Strasbourg First published in 1894, this edition is wonderfully annotated by a very able religious author with an additional 100 years of research at his disposal.This is my first introduction to St Francis Knowing basically nothing about him other than the well known pictures of him surrounded by wildlife, the entire book was revelatory to me.Francis started out as a spoiled, party boy in Assisi [...]
I became intrigued by St Francis after visiting one of his monasteries on a recent trip I knew some of the basics about him but wanted a in depth overview This book written by a French Protestant in the 19th century fulfilled that desire The additions of updated material by a contemporary theologian helped to clarify the text and make it accessible Though dense at times, the writing somewhat stilted maybe due to it s origins in a different language, it provided me with a sense of Francis s lif [...]
Furthering my study of St Francis, I decided to read a reprint of the biography by Sabatier that was published in 1894 has been annotated with excellent historical data Takes a look at the life of St Francis from the perspective of the times in which he lived One excerpt was a good example of how St Francis lived On a pilgrimage to Rome, the journey was marked by an important incident Many a time when surroring the poor he had asked himself if he himeself wold be able to endure poverty No one kn [...]
This 19th century biography of St Francis is considered one of the best I can recommend The Road to Assisi to anyone interested in the life of one of Catholicism s favorite saints I was hoping for something of a personal nature, but it was a solid biography of the man, the founding of his Friars and the difficulty he had in keeping the church from changing his ideas mostly about poverty.
Started reading in Siena, finished in Barcelona five weeks later This book was a big influence on my thinkig writing on this trip, espec Siena my time at the glass studio A must read for any interested in San Francesco A translation by Jon M Sweeney of Paul Sabatier s 1894, Vie de S Francois d Assise edited with a a an in depth introduction and in valuable annotations by Sweeney A unique co authoring results.
Of course I had heard of St Francis but did not really know anything about his life Now I do Quite the little nut case.I am not convinced that one must live such a bereft life to exhibit saintliness Abusing oneself seems to fly in the face of the gift of life However, he is quite a fascinating figure nonetheless.
I read this in Assisi which made it very real the surroundings are so beautiful Even though St Francis lived in the middle ages, it s amazing how many parallels there are to our times His doctrine of simplicity and love for God s creation are timeless.
I liked this book I decided that since I was at a Franciscan retreat center it would be a good place to do some reading about their patron saint It was basic enough that I learned a lot about St Francis and could keep up with the references of the retreat director I definitely recommend it.
Still one of the most readable and enjoyable biographies of St Francis of Assisi
My limited knowledge on Catholicism was a bit of a hindrance, but I understood most of thid and enjoyed learning a little about the man and his place in history.
Excellent scholary biography about St Francis of Assisi founder of the Franciscian order of The Poor Men
A superb biography of a complex and beautiful man.