Francis of Assisi : the life and afterlife of a medieval by of Assisi Saint Francis; Vauchez, André; Cusato, Michael F.;

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First released in France, the place it used to be presented the Prix Chateaubriand, this masterful new biography of Francis is now on hand in English

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Such work was not lacking; for the clergy of Assisi, preoccupied with the reconstruction of the cathedral of San Rufino, seems to have neglected the little structures in the neighboring countryside: 30 A Biographical Sketch San Damiano, where Francis had perhaps been received as a lay brother (conversus) or oblate, but also a chapel dedicated to Saint Peter, as well as the church of Saint Mary of the Angels, called the Portiuncula, which belonged to the abbey of Saint Benedict of Subiaco. To restore or construct a church was certainly a meritorious work, often recompensed with the granting of indulgences.

Thanks to his social origins and lifestyle, Francis was clearly located on the side of the privileged. Son of a wealthy merchant, he had, as we have seen, fought on horseback at the battle of Collestrada. In a different climate, such a situation would have been difficult to imagine; for it is precisely in this period that the bond between nobility and knighthood had become tightly connected north of the Alps. Was not the ideal of the lord to go to war mounted on horseback while the “little people of the world” fought on foot?

In fact, this gesture of the bishop has a totally different meaning: in placing Francis under his jurisdiction, Guido was recognizing him as “a religious” in the juridical sense of the term: that is, as a person who no longer fell under the power of his father or of the lay authorities, but of the Church. Francis was not an outlaw nor would he ever be. He was simply detaching himself from institutions which had become oppressive—the family and the commune—and was going to find a status within the institutional Church as a penitent, thus guaranteeing his spiritual freedom.

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