Cover of: St. Francis of Assisi | G. K. Chesterton

About the Book

Francis of Assisi is, after Mary of Nazareth, perhaps the greatest saint in the Christian calendar, and one of the most influential men in the whole of human history. By universal acclaim, this biography by G. K. Chesterton is considered the best appreciation of Francis's life--the one that gets to the heart of the matter.

For Chesterton, Francis is a great paradoxical figure, a man who loved women but vowed himself to chastity; an artist who loved the pleasures of the natural world as few have loved them, but vowed himself to the most austere poverty, stripping himself naked in the public square so all could see that he had renounced his worldly goods; a clown who stood on his head in order to see the world aright. Chesterton gives us Francis in his world-the riotously colorful world of the High Middle Ages, a world with more pageantry and romance than we have seen before or since. Here is the Francis who tried to end the Crusades by talking to the Saracens, and who interceded with the emperor on behalf of the birds. Here is the Francis who inspired a revolution in art that began with Giotto and a revolution in poetry that began with Dante. Here is the Francis who prayed and danced with pagan abandon, who talked to animals, who invented the creche

Edition Notes

Series
Hodder and Stoughton's people's library
Genre
Biography.
Other Titles
Saint Francis of Assisi.

Classifications

Library of Congress
BX4700.F6 C55 1923

The Physical Object

Pagination
185 p. ;

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7101804M
Internet Archive
stfrancisofassis00chesuoft
LC Control Number
24001666
Library Thing
34048
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