9780225668766

St. Francis of Assisi : The Legend and the Life

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    9780225668766

  • ISBN10:

    0225668769

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-01-01
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic

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Summary

St. Francis of Assisi is arguably the most popular of all the saints. He is claimed by Christians and non-Christians alike as a spiritual focus for groups and people concerned with the sanctity of creation, ecumenism, with inter-faith matters, and animal rights.

Historian and theologian Michael Robson goes beyond the myth to reveal the man in the context of his times and circumstances. Robson's Francis is not the idealized saint whose strings were manipulated by an all-controlling God. He emerges as a man whose life's journeys was profoundly affected by his relationships with men and women in his own family, in the Church, and in his own city, and by the wider political context of thirteenth-century Europe.

Robson transcends the boundaries of conventional biography by approaching Francis through the thoughts and writings of those who knew him: his parents, the local bishop, Pope Innocent III, Cardinal Ugolino, Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Clare. What emerges is a new and more profound understanding of St. Francis of Assisi that will fascinate historians

Author Biography

Michael Robson OFMConv is Dean and Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Introduction vi
Acknowledgements xii
Abbreviations xiii
Glossary xv
Chronology xx
Peter Bernardone
1(30)
Christianity and medieval Assisi
1(6)
Francis's family
7(5)
Troubled relations between Assisi and Perugia
12(3)
Military ambition thwarted by sickness
15(3)
Francis and the leper
18(4)
Beginnings of a vocation
22(9)
Bishop Guido II of Assisi
31(31)
Episcopal appeal and Francis's renunciation
32(6)
Guido as the vicar of San Rufino and patron saints of Assisi
38(3)
Guido's defence of his episcopal heritage
41(2)
Benevolent episcopal intervention
43(3)
Incipient fraternity
46(2)
Guido at the papal court
48(3)
Guido, Francis and Clare
51(3)
Francis's respect for bishops and priests
54(2)
Francis's death and canonization
56(6)
Pope Innocent III
62(32)
The papacy and St Francis
62(7)
Innocent III and reform groups
69(2)
Francis's quest for papal approval
71(6)
Lateran IV, ecclesiastical reform and Francis
77(9)
Franciscans and the restoration of the Church
86(8)
Lady Poverty
94(32)
Poverty and the conversion experiences
94(4)
Wealth and divisions in society
98(2)
The monastic world and Francis
100(3)
The reappraisal of the apostolic life
103(2)
Gospel texts and poverty
105(7)
Poverty embraced
112(3)
Imitation of the Poor Christ and nuptial imagery
115(3)
Medieval perception of Francis and his fraternity
118(8)
Ugolino, cardinal protector and then Pope Gregory IX
126(32)
The growth of the fraternity
126(4)
The meeting in Florence
130(2)
Appointment of a cardinal protector
132(5)
Cardinal and Francis
137(2)
Francis instructs Ugolino
139(3)
Interventions by Ugolino
142(2)
Approval of the Rule
144(3)
Gregory IX and the Franciscans
147(11)
St Anthony of Padua and the development of theological study
158(29)
Anthony's early life
158(2)
An Augustinian canon at Lisbon and then Coimbra (c. 1210-20)
160(5)
Friar Anthony
165(3)
The ministry of preaching
168(2)
Measures to combat the spread of heresy
170(2)
Francis and the need for theological study
172(2)
The origin of Franciscan schools
174(2)
Anthony, patron of Franciscan schools
176(2)
Franciscan perception of theology
178(2)
The debate about studies
180(7)
St Clare, the faithful custodian of Francis's ideals
187(31)
Clare's family
187(1)
Manifestations of a vocation and Francis's impact
188(3)
Clare's conversion
191(4)
Temporary refuge and family opposition
195(4)
San Damiano and the vocations of Francis and Clare
199(3)
Francis's reliance on Clare
202(3)
Clare in Thomas of Celano's biographies
205(4)
Clare and the Roman Curia
209(9)
Francis as the herald of the great king
218(31)
An enlarged cloister
218(2)
Francis's preaching
220(4)
Francis the teacher and actor
224(4)
Francis's praise of God in song and musical instruments
228(2)
Sermons in parishes
230(2)
Sanctification of the piazza
232(2)
Ministry of peace and reconciliation
234(2)
Ecumenical reconciliation
236(3)
Communion with all creation
239(10)
St Francis's death, burial and posthumous influence on the fraternity
249(32)
Medieval conventions regarding the burial of saints
250(4)
Arrangements for the death and burial of Francis
254(4)
Francis's death at the Portiuncula and burial at San Giorgio
258(4)
The proclamation of Francis's stigmata
262(3)
Towards canonization
265(2)
Basilica of St Francis and the Sacro Convento
267(3)
Francis's posthumous influence on an expanding fraternity
270(3)
The biographies and the portrait of the exemplary friar
273(8)
Bibliography 281(9)
Index 290

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