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By Wendy Murray

A few reflections:

(1) That Francis was once a fine looking guy, as prompt via the author,was rarely the case. we've got modern images of Francis exhibiting another way in addition to descriptions of his contemporaries corresponding to Thomas of Celano;

(2) That Francis was once a womanizer, back prompt by means of the writer, is uncertain. there is not any proof in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, any such small city, it'll were prohibitied until the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there isn't any list of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;

(3) there is not any indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. background is totally silent in this factor. the writer is correct relating Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As a question of heritage, the belief of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. woman Poverty was once simply that - a component of his mystical lifestyles. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis was once nearly 30 whilst he switched over to the paranormal lifestyles - Claire turning 14 - 15;

(4) sure, Francis did visit battle. the writer says he was once a "warrior."
Such a notice indicates a life-style which could infrequently painting the Francis of Assisi of old list. definite, 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 comprehend. We do comprehend 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 by way of a magical occasion for Francis. He grew to become again and have become a knight of his Lord - the paranormal Christ who finally spoke to him at Daniano. was once he then a "failed knight?" as advised via the writer. Francis suggestion in a different way. the matter the following seems to be the author's loss of spiritual intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If whatever might be acknowledged approximately Francis at this juncture is that he didn't 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 make certain 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 past. Bernard acknowledged "to kill a Muslim isn't really to devote homocide." Francis faced the Sultan through the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being beneficial till the Muslims approved 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 means of the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this means, they went from city to city to elevate males, cash and fabric for the Crusades. Had it now not been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;

There are many stable books on Saint Francis. this isn't one among them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the non secular intuition which could understand what the actors are dealing with. i'm sorry to assert this isn't sturdy heritage. it really is sloppy historical past reflecting the sentiments of the current into the previous. Of the prospective 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of heritage yet supply it one megastar for the canopy and one big name for the paper it really is written on. Why punish the blameless whether inanimate?

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The town would have turned out for their leave-taking to hear the blessing of the bishop and to wish Godspeed to their neighbors, husbands, friends, and lovers who now took up arms. The warriors gathered near the cathedral of San Rufino. Clare’s family home overlooked the piazza, so she would have witnessed the grand event and recognized the well-known Francis Bernadone as numbered among the mounted. Then, leaving Assisi, Francis rode high on his horse alongside the 0465002085_Text 5/5/08 11:43 AM Page 34 34 A Mended and Broken Heart noble comrade in arms who had encouraged him to join.

The queen answered: “By delaying two steps you showed great unwillingness to climb into it. ”20 Courtly love, amour courtois, was idealized in the writings of Chrétien de Troyes and in the poetry of the twelfth-century French troubadours, who upheld love as all-subsuming devotion, overruling personal morality and even loyalty to the king. Lancelot was the queen’s lover, and as a knight his heart “no longer belonged to him; rather it was promised to another, so he could not bestow it elsewhere. ”21 Courtly love marked a revolution in attitudes about gender and sexuality.

In time it began to 0465002085_Text 5/5/08 11:43 AM Page 13 Assisi’s Son 13 be reported during the Crusades that George appeared and aided the Christians in battle. Inevitably, George’s reputation took on epic proportions and became the stuff of troubadour songs. His noble and courageous deeds, as noted by the poets, evolved to include his intervention on behalf of the helpless princess who had been destined to be sacrificed to a voracious dragon. 11 Francis’ childhood notions of heroism and devotion would have been shaped by this story.

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