By Wendy Murray
A few reflections:
(1) That Francis used to be a fine looking guy, as recommended via the author,was infrequently the case. we have now modern photos of Francis displaying differently besides descriptions of his contemporaries equivalent to Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis used to be a womanizer, back urged by way of the writer, is uncertain. there isn't any facts in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, the sort of small city, it should were prohibitied except the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there is not any 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. historical past is totally silent in this factor. the writer is true bearing on Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As an issue of background, the assumption 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 used to be virtually 30 while he switched over to the paranormal existence - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) definite, Francis did visit warfare. the writer says he was once a "warrior."
Such a note indicates a way of life which could not often painting the Francis of Assisi of old list. sure, he went to conflict yet we haven't any inspiration of what he did. He can have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not comprehend. We do be aware of he was once attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations whilst he armored as much as move at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, used to be interrupted by means of a paranormal occasion for Francis. He became again and have become a knight of his Lord - the magical Christ who finally spoke to him at Daniano. used to be he then a "failed knight?" as instructed by means of the writer. Francis proposal 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 something should be acknowledged approximately Francis at this juncture is that he didn't reside 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 notion as so much medieval Christians the assumption of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century past. Bernard stated "to kill a Muslim isn't really to dedicate homocide." Francis faced the Sultan through the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being worthy until eventually the Muslims accredited 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 ability, 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 strong books on Saint Francis. this isn't certainly one of them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the spiritual intuition that could understand what the actors are dealing with. i'm sorry to claim this isn't stable heritage. it really is sloppy background reflecting the sentiments of the current into the earlier. Of the prospective 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of background yet supply it one big name for the canopy and one megastar for the paper it's written on. Why punish the blameless no matter if inanimate?
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The French knights fought with ferocity, and the Germans were soundly defeated. 2 In the dark, damp underground prison, with no light, latrine, or heat, and little nourishment, Francis suffered fevers and at times delirium. Yet hearing about Gautier aroused longings in him. 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.
He went to her a second time, and on this occasion she received him. He inquired if her rebuff had been due to his having ridden in a cart. 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.
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. Francis and his traveling companion made it to Spoleto, fifteen miles south of Assisi.