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By Wendy Murray

ISBN-10: 0465002080

ISBN-13: 9780465002085

A few reflections:

(1) That Francis was once a fine looking guy, as steered through the author,was hardly ever the case. now we have modern pics of Francis displaying in a different way in addition to descriptions of his contemporaries resembling Thomas of Celano;

(2) That Francis used to be a womanizer, back prompt via the writer, is uncertain. there isn't any facts in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, one of these small city, it can were prohibitied until the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there's no checklist of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;

(3) there is not any indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. heritage is totally silent in this factor. the writer is correct pertaining to Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As an issue of background, the belief of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. girl Poverty was once simply that - a component of his mystical existence. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis used to be nearly 30 whilst he switched over to the paranormal lifestyles - Claire turning 14 - 15;

(4) definite, Francis did visit battle. the writer says he used to be a "warrior."
Such a observe indicates a way of life which may rarely painting the Francis of Assisi of old checklist. definite, he went to conflict yet we haven't any thought of what he did. He may have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not comprehend. We do comprehend he was once attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations while he armored as much as move at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, used to be interrupted through a paranormal occasion for Francis. He became again and have become a knight of his Lord - the magical Christ who finally spoke to him at Daniano. used to be he then a "failed knight?" as advised via the writer. Francis inspiration in a different way. the matter the following seems to be the author's loss of non secular intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If whatever may be acknowledged approximately Francis at this juncture is that he didn't dwell as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to make certain a Freudian may come to another end than a Jungian.

(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis was once a medieval guy and probably concept as such a lot medieval Christians the assumption of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century previous. Bernard stated "to kill a Muslim isn't to devote homocide." Francis faced the Sultan in the course of the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being valuable until eventually the Muslims authorised the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't hold forth opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered through the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this ability, they went from city to city to elevate males, cash and fabric for the Crusades. Had it now not been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;

There are many solid books on Saint Francis. this isn't one in all them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the non secular intuition that could understand what the actors are dealing with. i'm sorry to claim this isn't strong background. it really is sloppy background reflecting the emotions of the current into the earlier. Of the potential 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of heritage yet supply it one megastar for the canopy and one celebrity for the paper it really is written on. Why punish the blameless no matter if inanimate?

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20 Courtly love, amour courtois, was idealized in the writings of Chrétien de Troyes and in the poetry of the twelfth-century French troubadours, who upheld love as all-subsuming devotion, overruling personal morality and even loyalty to the king. Lancelot was the queen’s lover, and as a knight his heart “no longer belonged to him; rather it was promised to another, so he could not bestow it elsewhere. ”21 Courtly love marked a revolution in attitudes about gender and sexuality. The lady was cherished as a poetic and personal inspiration, and no longer reduced to a disposable pawn in the manipulation of arranged marriages.

0465002085_Text 5/5/08 11:43 AM Page 22 22 A Mended and Broken Heart Even the neighbors beyond his class, the nobility on the other side of town, knew the name of the son of Pietro Bernadone. Clare, a child at the time, who was blossoming into a town beauty, would have heard of his songs and his charms with the ladies. She herself stayed home, too rich and demure to join in the merriment. But the name of Francis was discussed in that home, as it was in many homes, and the time was approaching when it would be linked to her own.

3 He continues, “For a flawed tree grows from a flawed root. ” Centuries later, Arnaldo Fortini fills in the picture with details about the kinds of shameful practices in which the youth of Francis’ time would have indulged. “To read in the contemporary chronicles the history of those days is to be astonished,” Fortini writes. “We are transported at once to the strange eccentric, paradoxical Middle Ages, a time full of contradictions, furies, and bizarre practices. ”4 The group of “rowdy youths” assigned one of their peers as dominus (king), to whom would fall the duties of arranging the banquet and footing the bill.

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