Vincent de Paul, the Trailblazer / Edition 1

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Vincent de Paul, the Trailblazer opens a bright window into the turbulent world of a renowned saint who lived during a time of great unrest. Bernard Pujo details how politics, war, and Vincent's own charismatic personality served as essential elements in his construction of a vast and lasting web of charitable works.

Pujo introduces readers not only to the fascinating life of Vincent, but also to the cultural, political, social, ecclesiastical, and economic life of France during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Pujo's rich portrait reveals that Vincent played an active and prominent part in shaping this period of French history. In his quest to minister to the needs of the poor, Vincent counseled and challenged some of the key figures in French politics.

Vincent de Paul, the Trailblazer, describes Vincent's childhood, his education, his life as a young priest, his skills as an organizer and manager, and his commitment to serving the physical and spiritual needs of the poor. This authoritative biography is lively enough to interest general readers and detailed enough to appeal to scholars of French and church history.

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Library Journal
Pujo (1921-2002) enjoyed distinguished careers in the French military and in banking before successfully turning to writing biography and history. Originally published 1998 in French, this biography of Vincent de Paul is his first work translated into English. Of peasant Gascon origin, Vincent (1581-1660) was the humble priest-founder of innumerable charitable institutions, established originally to benefit France's rural poor. The saint continues to inspire such enterprises worldwide through his Congregation of the Mission, Daughters of Charity, Ladies of Charity, and St. Vincent de Paul societies. Pujo carefully documents Vincent's transformation from seeking a comfortable church benefice to recognizing the poor as one's masters. His regular contact with the highest nobility in organizing missions, war relief, abbeys, seminaries, and convents during great political and social upheavals was not without controversy. Pujo, unlike most previous biographers, emphasizes the wide historical contexts of Vincent's vision of service. Maps and illustrations would have enhanced the clear notes and bibliographical references. Well written and translated, this fine religious biography is recommended for public and academic libraries.-Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268038847
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,203,265
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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