Francis and Clare: The Struggles of the Saints of Assisi

Francis and Clare: The Struggles of the Saints of Assisi

by Kathleen Brady
Francis and Clare: The Struggles of the Saints of Assisi

Francis and Clare: The Struggles of the Saints of Assisi

by Kathleen Brady

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Overview

A 2022 CATHOLIC MEDIA ASSOCIATION AWARD WINNER in BIOGRAPHY
A 2023 eLIT AWARD WINNER for BIOGRAPHY
A 2022 NYC BIG BOOK AWARD WINNER for HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHY

W hen the adolescent Lady Clare agreed to secretly meet Francis Bernadone, the eccentric merchant's son who had become a wandering preacher, she was desperate to avoid the marriage that her parents were arranging for her. Francis, having gathered more than a dozen male followers, including her cousin, believed that Clare was the one to lead the female half of his movement, a movement that was loyal to the church but inspired by heretical sects where women played a prominent part. Over many meetings he promised a future in which she would preach and serve the lepers of Assisi. Warming to his plans, Clare and her kinswoman escaped their family under cover of night and began to live the life that Francis had envisioned. They continued until one particular cardinal, a future pope, took notice.

Francis of Assisi is rightly known for his joyous love of God and nature, but his life was also filled with opposition. Kathleen Brady's new dual biography reveals that Francis's neglect of Clare in the face of church opposition was his greatest shame. Clare, fighting against being locked into a cloister, used the fame she derived from their association as her only cudgel in her decades-long battle with the papacy for control of her community. Set largely in thirteenth century Rome and Assisi, this narrative biography is the story of individual genius versus societal controls. Replete with holy, wily, and sometimes comical characters, it is set against the emergence of the flawed, bureaucratic Roman Catholic Church that is coming into ever-clearer focus today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781737549819
Publisher: Lodwin Press
Publication date: 11/20/2021
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 1,063,250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Besides her award-winning Francis and Clare The Struggles of the Saints of Assisi, Kathleen Brady is the author of Ida Tarbell: Portrait of A Muckraker, for which she was named a Fellow of the Society of American Historians; and Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball. She is featured on many electronic media discussing both subjects. Among her current projects is serving as a Mentor-Editor of The Op-Ed Project.
She is a past co-chair of The Biography Seminar at New York University, a former reporter for Time magazine, and a former trustee of her alma mater Saint Bonaventure University, home of the Franciscan Institute, an international center for the study of Francis and Clare and the Franciscan intellectual tradition. She makes her home in New York City. Visit www.francisandclarethestrugglesofthesaintsofassisi.com

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