By Wendy Murray
A few reflections:
(1) That Francis was once a fine looking guy, as steered through the author,was not often the case. we have now modern graphics of Francis displaying differently besides descriptions of his contemporaries reminiscent of Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis was once a womanizer, back steered via the writer, is uncertain. there isn't any facts in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, one of these small city, it can were prohibitied until the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there's no list of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;
(3) there isn't any indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. heritage is totally silent in this factor. the writer is true touching on Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As a question of background, the assumption of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. girl Poverty used to be simply that - a component of his mystical existence. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis used to be virtually 30 while he switched over to the paranormal lifestyles - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) certain, Francis did visit conflict. the writer says he was once a "warrior."
Such a notice indicates a way of life which could infrequently painting the Francis of Assisi of ancient list. certain, he went to conflict yet we don't have any suggestion of what he did. He may have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not recognize. We do understand he used to be attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations whilst he armored as much as move at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, was once interrupted via a magical occasion for Francis. He became again and have become a knight of his Lord - the paranormal Christ who ultimately spoke to him at Daniano. used to be he then a "failed knight?" as instructed through the writer. Francis idea differently. the matter the following seems to be the author's loss of non secular intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If something could be acknowledged approximately Francis at this juncture is that he did not stay as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to ensure a Freudian could come to another end than a Jungian.
(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis used to be a medieval guy and probably inspiration as such a lot medieval Christians the assumption of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century previous. Bernard acknowledged "to kill a Muslim isn't to devote homocide." Francis faced the Sultan in the course of the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being beneficial until eventually the Muslims permitted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't hold forth opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered by way of the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this capability, they went from city to city to elevate males, cash and fabric for the Crusades. Had it no longer been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;
There are many solid books on Saint Francis. this isn't considered one of them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the spiritual intuition which could understand what the actors are facing. i'm sorry to assert this isn't reliable heritage. it truly is sloppy heritage reflecting the emotions of the current into the prior. Of the potential 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of background yet provide it one famous person for the canopy and one superstar for the paper it truly is written on. Why punish the blameless no matter if inanimate?
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Extra info for A Mended and Broken Heart: The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi
He wanted to follow the brave knight and fight with him, of whom it was said he had never known shame or defeat. In the meantime, Assisi and Perugia were still at odds with each other, and Assisi was at odds with itself as well. In June 1203 Assisi’s maggiore, who had fought on the side of Perugia at Collestrada, wanted to return to their homes. But unresolved tension remained. How could fellow citizens of such a small town live in peace among the very neighbors who had destroyed their homes and livelihood?
He pressed her to him, then with terrible sorrow and weeping he sent her to the island where the dragon that was to devour her could be found. Left alone, so adorned and so beautiful, she waited, trembling, for the dragon. Then the blessed Giorgio appeared on his great horse. He was the handsomest young man to be found anywhere and wore beautifully decorated armor. ” She replied, “O most noble young man, I am waiting for the dragon that is to devour me. ” At this point the dragon came out of the water and hissed loudly and came toward her.
He also turned again to the partying habits of the local youth. During this time two possibilities emerged that reinvigorated him and harkened the animated Francis that had always endeared people so. The first was a summons by the great French knight Gautier de Brienne: he was soliciting the swords and devotion of knights for a campaign he had undertaken in Apulia in southern Italy. Gautier’s aim was to reclaim the region for the Normans, whose reign had been usurped by German overlords. 5 According to Thomas of Celano, Francis had a dream one night that spurred his desire.
A Mended and Broken Heart: The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi by Wendy Murray