A Mended and Broken Heart: The Life and Love of Francis of by Wendy Murray

By Wendy Murray

A few reflections:

(1) That Francis used to be a fine looking guy, as urged by means of the author,was rarely the case. we've got modern photos of Francis displaying in a different way besides descriptions of his contemporaries similar to Thomas of Celano;

(2) That Francis used to be a womanizer, back prompt by way of the writer, is uncertain. there isn't any proof in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, any such small city, it will were prohibitied until the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there's no checklist of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;

(3) there is not any indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. historical past is totally silent in this factor. the writer is correct relating Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As an issue of background, the belief of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. woman Poverty used to be simply that - a component of his mystical existence. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis used to be virtually 30 whilst he switched over to the magical lifestyles - Claire turning 14 - 15;

(4) definite, Francis did visit conflict. the writer says he was once a "warrior."
Such a be aware indicates a way of life which can not often painting the Francis of Assisi of old checklist. convinced, he went to conflict yet we don't have any thought of what he did. He may have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not recognize. We do comprehend he was once attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations while he armored as much as move at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, used to be interrupted through a paranormal occasion for Francis. He became again and have become a knight of his Lord - the magical Christ who finally spoke to him at Daniano. was once he then a "failed knight?" as steered via the writer. Francis inspiration in a different way. the matter the following seems to be the author's loss of non secular intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If something could be stated approximately Francis at this juncture is that he didn't dwell as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to be certain a Freudian may come to another end than a Jungian.

(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis used to be a medieval guy and probably suggestion as such a lot medieval Christians the assumption of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century prior. Bernard stated "to kill a Muslim isn't really to dedicate homocide." Francis faced the Sultan throughout the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being valuable till the Muslims authorized the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't hold forth opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered through the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this ability, they went from city to city to elevate males, funds and fabric for the Crusades. Had it no longer been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;

There are many reliable books on Saint Francis. this isn't certainly one of them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the non secular intuition that could understand what the actors are facing. i'm sorry to assert this isn't reliable historical past. it truly is sloppy heritage reflecting the sentiments of the current into the previous. Of the prospective 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of background yet provide it one superstar for the canopy and one famous person for the paper it truly is written on. Why punish the blameless whether inanimate?

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Francis often received the scepter and freely answered this call, hosting the parties 0465002085_Text 5/5/08 11:43 AM Page 21 Partying and War 21 in a large hall or courtyard adorned with tapestries, flowers, and alluring women. At the end of the supper the company would parade through the streets of Assisi, singing love songs and waking neighbors. ” Francis “was given over to revelry and song with his friends, roaming day and night throughout the city of Assisi. ”5 Francis was known to be a smallish man, barely five foot three, with delicate features and large shining eyes.

6 Ambition for war was also endemic in the culture, yet the power to orchestrate engagement lay with the overlords in the castles, the nobility. As Francis was growing up, however, a merchant class was rising and flourishing, and rumors abounded of uprisings in other localities. Assisi was strategically located along the primary route between Rome and France, the Strada Francesca. Tradesmen from Italy traveled this road endlessly, north to south, and Pietro 0465002085_Text 5/5/08 11:43 AM Page 9 Assisi’s Son 9 Bernadone, Francis’ father, was numbered among the region’s most prosperous; he regularly traveled to Champagne and Provence, where he bought and sold linens.

She replied, “O most noble young man, I am waiting for the dragon that is to devour me. ” At this point the dragon came out of the water and hissed loudly and came toward her. Blessed Giorgio ran to meet him and gave him a blow with his lance that immediately knocked him down. Then he called the maiden and had her take off her girdle and put it on the neck of the dragon. Thus the young princess drew it along behind her, like a lamb, all the way to the city. All the people greatly marveled in seeing such courage and such wisdom in so young a knight.

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