By Wendy Murray
A few reflections:
(1) That Francis used to be a fine looking guy, as instructed via the author,was not often the case. we've modern graphics of Francis displaying in a different way besides descriptions of his contemporaries akin to Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis was once a womanizer, back steered by way of the writer, is uncertain. there is not any facts in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, this type of small city, it should were prohibitied except the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there's no checklist 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. historical past is totally silent in this factor. the writer is true touching on Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As a question of historical past, the belief of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. woman Poverty used to be simply that - a component of his mystical lifestyles. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis used to be virtually 30 whilst he switched over to the magical lifestyles - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) definite, Francis did visit struggle. the writer says he was once a "warrior."
Such a be aware indicates a way of life which may not often painting the Francis of Assisi of old list. certain, he went to conflict yet we haven't any thought of what he did. He may have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not be aware of. We do comprehend he was once attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations while he armored as much as move at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, was once interrupted by means of a magical occasion for Francis. He became again and have become a knight of his Lord - the magical Christ who ultimately spoke to him at Daniano. was once he then a "failed knight?" as instructed via the writer. Francis notion in a different way. the matter right here seems to be the author's loss of non secular intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If something may 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 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 suggestion as so much medieval Christians the assumption of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century prior. Bernard stated "to kill a Muslim isn't really to devote homocide." Francis faced the Sultan throughout the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being worthwhile till the Muslims authorized the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't pontificate opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered by means of the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this capability, they went from city to city to elevate males, funds 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 stable books on Saint Francis. this isn't one in every of them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the spiritual intuition which may understand what the actors are dealing with. i'm sorry to assert this isn't solid heritage. it's sloppy heritage reflecting the emotions of the current into the previous. Of the prospective 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of historical past yet provide it one big name for the canopy and one celebrity for the paper it's written on. Why punish the blameless whether inanimate?
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He was an average student, and wrote poor Latin up to the day he died. But he loved French, the native language of his mother. 8 Troubadours traveled the countryside singing poems about brave knights and lady lovers. “He kisses her many times, saying, ‘Oh sweet rose, what shall I do? ’”9 Francis likely learned these songs while traveling to France with his father on business. Around Assisi he became well known for singing the songs of the troubadours. Through these songs and stories, he became steeped in the grand tales of the champions they praised.
He sat well on his horse, his small stature aside, and deftly commanded his father’s turf as chief trendsetter in all styles French. He wore satin and velvet and ran all over town commending his wares with a bow to the ladies or a lift of his cap to crusty old men. Were it anyone else, they might be provoked by such charms. But the young Francis, with his generous smile and his love songs in French, fired the affections of onlooking neighbors and stole the hearts of the ladies in town. His money sack was ever draining, spent on wine for the parties and tossing fistfuls to the poor.
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. His spirit was so elevated that people asked him the reason for his delight. 9 The story ends badly.
A Mended and Broken Heart: The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi by Wendy Murray