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By André Vauchez

ISBN-10: 0300184921

ISBN-13: 9780300184921

Title note: First released in French as François d’Assise: Entre histoire et mémoire
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2009 through Librairie Arthème Fayard, the place it used to be presented the Prix Chateaubriand. First on hand in english in 2012.

In this towering paintings, André Vauchez attracts at the sizeable physique of scholarship on Francis of Assisi, emphasizing particularly the $64000 learn of the final 30 years. He creates an entire and interesting portrait of the saint, then explores how the reminiscence of Francis used to be formed by means of contemporaries who recollected him of their writings.

Vauchez completes the booklet by way of surroundings "Poverello" within the context of his time, bringing to mild what was once new, impressive, or even unbelievable within the lifestyles and imaginative and prescient of this man.

The first a part of the booklet is an engaging reconstruction of Francis's existence and paintings. the second one and 3rd components take care of the myriad texts—hagiographies, chronicles, sermons, own stories, etc.—of writers who recorded points of Francis's existence and move as they remembered them, and used these remembrances to build a portrait of Francis correct to their issues. within the ultimate a part of the publication, Vauchez explores these facets of Francis's existence, character, and non secular imaginative and prescient that have been designated to him, together with his event of God, his method of nature, his realizing and use of Scripture, and his impression on tradition in addition to culture's impression on him.

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This led him to attribute to the person of Francis a trait characteristic of the beginning of the order by presenting his conversion as the sudden and overwhelming eruption of grace in a merchant of hard heart. In the Memorial, by contrast, composed at a time when the Franciscan order was especially endeavoring to insert itself into the structures of the Church and to have its providential role there recognized, the same author sought in some way to “normalize” the holiness of Francis, at the risk of stripping it of its uniqueness and making it banal.

He thus flung the whole content of his purse through the grill surrounding the altar. Then, as he left the church, he exchanged his clothes for the rags of a beggar who was standing outside and, taking his place, began to ask for alms in 22 A Biographical Sketch French—which was the best way for him to be neither understood nor recognized. The episode has perhaps been made up by the author of the Legend of the Three Companions to highlight the piety and orthodoxy of his subject, as well as to foreshadow his attachment to poverty and the process that was going to lead him from generosity to charity.

16 A Biographical Sketch In Assisi the leader of such a confraternity was elected by its members and carried a staff as the sign of his authority. He thus had the power to condemn one of the revelers to pay all expenses of the group’s partying. Francis, affable and charming, soon rose to this position. He was elected “king” because of his energy and extravagance, since he spent all that he could obtain or earn on merrymaking. In fact, he did not disappoint his drinking companions for, far from making others pay in his place, he always showed himself disposed to pay with his own money for the nights of drinking and fine meals that this festive group periodically threw for itself.

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