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A Mended and Broken Heart: The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi
 
 
Author
Wendy Murray.
Publisher Basic Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780465002085
Pages/Publication Date 251/2008
Daedalus Item Code 30336
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In 1228, Pope Gregory IX rushed to canonize Francis of Assisi only two years after his death. The Church then eliminated significant aspects of his biography from the public record, for Francis's early life was defined by his profligacy; shortly before dying, Francis himself warned his brothers: "Don't be too quick to canonize me. I am perfectly capable of fathering a child." Here Wendy Murray slices through the bowdlerized version of Francis's life and reveals instead a saint who was in every way also a man. Murray stresses in particular the crucial but neglected role that Clare of Assisi played in Francis's life, both pre- and post-conversion, and his theology.

"Murray lowered herself into ancient ruins, chatted with nuns behind iron grilles and pored over documents in four languages to research and write this story of Francis of Assisi, the medieval saint whose appeal is timeless. In a work that is both scholarly and engaging, Murray retells the life of this complicated man—who was poet, warrior, knight, lover, madman and saint—in a way that even those familiar with Francis's story will find compelling. Of special interest is the way she handles the relationship between Francis and Clare of Assisi. Acknowledging what scholars and historians have tended to dismiss as sentimental, modern and implausible, Murray holds that the pair's attachment was rooted in love, but that it evolved into a mutual renunciation and remained pure as they took religious vows. She also shows that the age difference between Francis and Clare may not have been great enough to support the official Catholic position that their bond was merely that of father and daughter."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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