Catherine of Siena

Catherine of Siena

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by Sigrid Undset
     
 

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Sigrid Undset's Catherine of Siena is critically acclaimed as one of the best biographies of this well known, and amazing fourteenth-century saint. Known for her historical fiction, which won her the Nobel Prize for literature in 1928, Undset based this factual work on primary sources, her own experiences living in Italy, and her profound understanding of the…  See more details below

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Sigrid Undset's Catherine of Siena is critically acclaimed as one of the best biographies of this well known, and amazing fourteenth-century saint. Known for her historical fiction, which won her the Nobel Prize for literature in 1928, Undset based this factual work on primary sources, her own experiences living in Italy, and her profound understanding of the human heart. One of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century, Undset was no stranger to hagiography. Her meticulous research of medieval times, which bore such fruit in her multi-volume masterpieces Kristin Lavransdatter and The Master of Hestviken, acquainted her with some of the holy men and women produced by the Age of Faith. Their exemplary lives left a deep impression upon the author, an impression Undset credited as one of her reasons for entering the Church in 1924. Catherine of Siena was a particular favorite of Undset, who also was a Third Order Dominican. An extraordinarily active, intelligent, and courageous woman, Catherine at an early age devoted herself to the love of God. The intensity of her prayer, sacrifice, and service to the poor won her a reputation for holiness and wisdom, and she was called upon to make peace between warring nobles. Believing that peace in Italy could be achieved only if the Pope, then living in France, returned to Rome, Catherine boldly traveled to Avignon to meet with Pope Gregory XI. With sensitivity to the zealous love of God and man that permeated the life of Saint Catherine, Undset presents a most moving and memorable portrait of one of the greatest women of all time.

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ISBN-13:
9781586174088
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
335
Sales rank:
132,792
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Catherine of Siena 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
vg57 More than 1 year ago
Sigrid Undset does one of the best jobs of writing about the life of a Saint that I have ever read. Sigrid is a Nobel Prize winner for literature and she brings that talent in writing this book on one of the greatest saints in Church History - St. Catherine of Siena. The book will paint the picture for you, allowing you to put yourself in the scene. She also allows you to understand the times by highlighting certain historical events taking place during the era in which this most extraordinary saint lived. She quotes from the saint at times so one can see why she is one of 33 doctors of the Church. St. Catherine doesn't come off as someone who is above the crowd but as someone who was chosen by God and who answered that call but who still had to work on her own shortcomings. This book was a pleasure to read - I'm sure you'll think the same. I highly recommend it. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam JMJ
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