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St. Francis of Assisi Hardcover – November 1, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0819908803 ISBN-10: 0819908800 Edition: First

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This biography appeared in Italian in the 1970s. The translation, the work itself, and the very idea of a Francis biography all seem to demand some comment. As for the last item, one must ask what any new attempt to investigate this subject can add to previous offerings. The game, like chess, is played with a limited number of pieces, and not only the pieces but a number of general strategies have been established. Any new Francis biography can yield, at best, a few original insights. Such is precisely what this work offers. Its failure to do more is no reflection of Manselli, whose death in 1984 ended one of the most productive scholarly careers of the 20th century. His investigation of the Poverello is as good as any recent attempt. Its lack of notes - Manselli observes that he has produced a work intended to be read rather than studied - is not a decisive limitation. Manselli's general knowledge of 13th-century history superbly equips him to place Francis in a broader context. The picture he paints is a relatively optimistic one of how Francis adapted his original ideal to contemporary reality without fatally compromising it. --David Burr, Virginia Tech University, 1988

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian

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