Reluctant Saint: Life of Francis of Assisi (Compass)

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Acclaimed biographer, Donald Spoto, strips away the legends from the life of Francis of Assisi to reveal the true story of a man who has too often been obscured by pious iconography. Drawing on unprecedented access to unexplored archives, plus Francis's own letters, Spoto places Francis within the context of the multifaceted ecclesiastical, political and social forces of mediaeval Italy, casting new light on Francis and showing how his emphasis on charity as the heart of the Gospel's message helped him pioneer a new social movement. This nuanced portrait reveals the multifaceted character of a man who can genuinely be said to have changed the course of history.

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"An engaging and revealing portrait of a remarkable man." --("The Hartford Courant)

"As with The Hidden Jesus, [Spoto again] produces a serious, thought-provoking book." --("Booklist")

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Donald Spoto, author of The Hidden Jesus, taught theology, Christian mysticism and biblical literature at the university level for twenty years. His other eighteen books include internationally bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Tennessee Williams and Ingrid Bergman.

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