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Reluctant Saint
By Donald Spoto

Reluctant Saint

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Reluctant Saint by Donald Spoto

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Acclaimed biographer, Donald Spoto, strips away the legends from the life of Francis of Assisi to reveal the true story of a man who has too often been obscured by pious iconography. Drawing on unprecedented access to unexplored archives, plus Francis's own letters, Spoto places Francis within the context of the multifaceted ecclesiastical, political and social forces of mediaeval Italy, casting new light on Francis and showing how his emphasis on charity as the heart of the Gospel's message helped him pioneer a new social movement. This nuanced portrait reveals the multifaceted character of a man who can genuinely be said to have changed the course of history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780142196250
ISBN-10: 0142196258
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Plume
Publisher: Plume
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Donald Spoto

Donald Spoto, author of The Hidden Jesus, taught theology, Christian mysticism and biblical literature at the university level for twenty years. His other eighteen books include internationally bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Tennessee Williams and Ingrid Bergman.

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