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  • Authors: Engelbert Grau, Raoul Manselli, and Serena Romano
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press; Illustrated edition (August 29, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809106604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809106608
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds 

Francis of Assisi: An Illustrated History of His Life and Legacy

  • "St. Francis is great because he is everything. He is man who wants to do things, wants to build, he founded an order and its rules, he is itinerant and a missionary, a poet, and a prophet, he is mystical. He found evil in himself and rooted it out. He loved nature, animals, the blade of grass on the lawn, and the birds flying in the sky. But above all he loved people." — Pope Francis


    In his own time, this great medieval saint broke down the barriers between rich and poor and made the love of God available to all. This magnificent volume brings readers closer to St. Francis of Assisi, the Franciscan community he founded, and the artistic beauty of Giotto.


    Francis, the Franciscans, Giotto, and Assisi itself are thoroughly intertwined that understanding each alongside the others is essential for a full appreciation of this significant period. Along this period of Franciscan expansion and turbulence, the painter Giotto was evolving into a great artistic entrepreneur. The works that the greatest painter of the Middle Ages carried out for the Franciscan order covers decades of his life, beginning with the upper basilica of Assisi, through his work in two chapels of Santa Croce in Florence.


    Francis of Assisi: An Illustrated History of His Life and Legacy is an engaging fusion of history and art. It details the history of the Franciscans, beginning with a biography of the saint himself, the developments and spread of the Order and its influence on the Church and medieval Europe; and an analysis of the Giotto frescos of the life of Francis in Assisi, Florence, and elsewhere. This book is beautifully illustrated with color reproductions of images of Assisi, early portraits of Francis, and the Giotto frescos.

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