Francis of Assisi: The Life and Afterlife of a Medieval Saint

Francis of Assisi: The Life and Afterlife of a Medieval Saint

by Andre Vauchez
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300178948

ISBN-13: 9780300178944

Pub. Date: 10/23/2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this towering work, André Vauchez draws on the vast body of scholarship on Francis of Assisi, emphasizing in particular the important research of the last 30 years. He creates a complete and engaging portrait of the saint, then explores how the memory of Francis was shaped by contemporaries who recollected him in their writings. Vauchez completes the book

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In this towering work, André Vauchez draws on the vast body of scholarship on Francis of Assisi, emphasizing in particular the important research of the last 30 years. He creates a complete and engaging portrait of the saint, then explores how the memory of Francis was shaped by contemporaries who recollected him in their writings. Vauchez completes the book by setting "Poverello" in the context of his time, bringing to light what was new, surprising, and even astonishing in the life and vision of this man.

The first part of the book is a fascinating reconstruction of Francis's life and work. The second and third parts deal with the myriad texts—hagiographies, chronicles, sermons, personal testimonies, etc.—of writers who recorded aspects of Francis's life and movement as they remembered them, and used those remembrances to construct a portrait of Francis relevant to their concerns. In the final part of the book, Vauchez explores those aspects of Francis's life, personality, and spiritual vision that were unique to him, including his experience of God, his approach to nature, his understanding and use of Scripture, and his impact on culture as well as culture's impact on him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300178944
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
644,293
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I A Biographical Sketch, 1182-1226

1 Francesco di Bernardone 3

2 Brother Francis: A Layman in the Christianity of the Early Thirteenth Century 33

Part II Death and Transfiguration of Francis, 1226-1253

3 Becoming Saint Francis, 1226-1230 139

4 The "Second Death" of Francis, 1230-1253 156

Part III Images and Myths of Francis of Assisi: From the Middle Ages to Today

5 Medieval Interpretations of Francis: Thirteenth to Fourteenth Centuries 185

6 Francis between History and Myth: Sixteenth to Twentieth Centuries 229

Part IV The Originality of Francis and His Charism

The Writings of Francis 249

7 The Experience of God 253

8 A New Relationship to Scripture: The Spirit of the Letter 261

9 Francis, Nature, and the World 271

10 Francis and the Church: The Charism within the Institution 283

11 The Gospel in the World: A Transformation of Religious Anthropology 297

12 A Cultural Mediator of a New Religious Sensibility 312

Conclusion: Francis, Prophet for His Time … or for Ours? 324

Appendix: The Testament of Francis of Assisi, September 1226 337

Chronology 341

Maps 345

List of Abbreviations 349

Notes 351

Bibliography 375

Index 383

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