Catherine of Siena: A Passionate Life [NOOK Book]

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This biography of the great mystic and saint Catherine of Siena presents a moving, lucid portrait of the strong-minded and fiery young woman who campaigned for peace and struggled to reform the church during the turbulent 14th century, and became one of our most beloved spiritual figures.
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Overview

This biography of the great mystic and saint Catherine of Siena presents a moving, lucid portrait of the strong-minded and fiery young woman who campaigned for peace and struggled to reform the church during the turbulent 14th century, and became one of our most beloved spiritual figures.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Since the death of St. Catherine of Siena in 1380, scholars and devotees have attempted to recount her miraculous, uncommon, and powerful life. Most of these biographies have centered on only one aspect, her spiritual experience and influence. In this latest attempt, Brophy (The Story of Catholics in America) takes a different perspective. Using the few extant primary sources as well as an extensive library of secondary works, Brophy successfully places Catherine not only within the spiritual universe of medieval Europe but also within its complex social and political fabric. Using Catherine's own letters, Brophy reveals a powerful woman of the 14th century who strongly rebuked and advised kings and popes, built her own monastery, and wrote theology still in print today. Yet, she was still the daughter of a humble Siena dyer and remained close to the common people, regardless of her favor with the religious and political elite. Brophy manages to round out Catherine's life in a way no other biography has, preserving her spiritual magnificence even while placing her within the contexts of her fully lived earthly existence. (Aug.)
Booklist
Respectful rather than awestruck, Brophy’s balanced account of an extraordinary woman will appeal to both devotees and scholars.
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"Brophy manages to round out Catherine's life in a way no other biography has, preserving her spiritual magnificence even while placing her within the contexts of her fully lived earthly existence."  —Publishers Weekly

"Respectful rather than awestruck, Brophy’s balanced account of an extraordinary woman will appeal to both devotees and scholars."  —Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933346458
  • Publisher: BlueBridge
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Don Brophy was for many years acquiring editor and managing editor for the book publisher Paulist Press. He is the author of "One Hundred Great Catholic Books" and "The Story of Catholics in America." He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Part One: Child Of The City

1 The Dyer's Daughter 3

2 The Mantle 20

3 The Room 37

4 The City 55

Part Two: Mamma Of Tuscany

5 "Our Most Kind Mamma" 71

6 A Time of Testing 89

7 "Sweet Holy Crusade" 105

8 "The Bed of Fire and Blood" 122

9 Encounter in Avignon 137

Part Three: Woman Of The World

10 New Foundations 159

11 Fulfillment and Disintegration 177

12 Catherine in Rome 195

13 Crossing the Bridge 212

Epilogue 230

Chronology 241

Author's Note 244

Bibliography 248

Notes 255

Index 289

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