Review Of "Francis Of Assisi: The Life And Afterlife Of A Medieval Saint" By A. Vauchez, Translated By M. F. Cusato

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Among the many books on Saint Francis published in the last several years, this study by Vauchez (emer., Univ. of Paris X) stands out as one of the strongest. Comprehensive in its coverage and detailed in providing historical context, it also ventures into new territory. More than most, it focuses attention on Francis's own writings. The author's command of recent scholarship and expertise in medieval hagiography lend weight to this engaging study. The subject areas of its four parts give indications of its breadth. Part 1 provides a biographical sketch of Brother Francis and the development of the Order. Part 2 covers the death of Francis the man and the birth of Francis the saint. Part 3 deals with images and myths of Francis from the Middle Ages to today. Part 4 moves in new directions as the author explores Francis's experience of God and his relationship to scripture, to nature, and to the church. Translator Cusato is former director of the Franciscan Institute and currently teaches at the Dominican House of Studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.


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