The Joyful Beggar: A Novel About Saint Frances of Assisi

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In this magnificent and stirring novel, Louis de Wohl turns his famed narrative skill to the story of the soldier and merchant's son who might have been right-hand man to a king . and who became instead the most beloved of all saints. Set against the tempestuous background of 13th Century Italy and Egypt, here is the magnificent and inspiring story of Francis Bernardone, the brash, pleasure-loving young officer who was to become immortalized as St. Francis of Assisi.

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Overview

In this magnificent and stirring novel, Louis de Wohl turns his famed narrative skill to the story of the soldier and merchant's son who might have been right-hand man to a king . and who became instead the most beloved of all saints. Set against the tempestuous background of 13th Century Italy and Egypt, here is the magnificent and inspiring story of Francis Bernardone, the brash, pleasure-loving young officer who was to become immortalized as St. Francis of Assisi.

The story teems with action, pageantry and intrigue with finely conceived characters-the beautiful, saintly Clare, Frederick, the hawk-faced King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor, the Sultan Al Kamil, Pope Innocent III. The scene shifts from Assisi, Rome and Sicily to the deadly sands of Egypt.

This book was made into a feature film by 20th Century Fox entitled Francis of Assisi, now available on video from Ignatius Press.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780898708141
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 378
  • Sales rank: 287,366
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Easy read

    Good information on the early life of St. Francis and the religious/ political climate in Italy during the 13th century. Lovely introduction to St. Clare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I really enjoyed this very engaging portrait of one the most influential men in Christian History. The story of St Francis is compelling and the historical context provided is facinating. This book brings to life, as only historical fiction can, both the man and the period. I was genuinely inspired. I would actively seek to read more of Mr. de Wohl's work!

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