St. Francis of Assisi

G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

For Chesterton, Francis of Assisi is a great paradoxical figure, a man who loved women but vowed himself to chastity; an artist who loved the pleasures of the natural world as few have loved them, but vowed himself to the most austere poverty, stripping himself naked in the public square so all could see that he had renounced his worldly goods; a clown who stood on his head in order to see the world aright. Chesterton gives us Francis in his world-the riotously colorful world of the High Middle Ages, a world with more pageantry and romance than we have seen before or since. Here is the Francis who tried to end the Crusades by talking to the Saracens, and who interceded with the emperor on behalf of the birds. Here is the Francis who inspired a revolution in art that began with Giotto and a revolution in poetry that began with Dante. Here is the Francis who prayed and danced with pagan abandon, who talked to animals, who invented the creche. I read this book as a young man and not only did it introduce me to the amazing world of Chesterton, but it was a revelation of how an entire culture could be captured in a slim volume. (summary by Phil Chenevert, Wikipedia and various other PD sources)

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography, Christianity - Biographies

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Problem of St. Francis Phil Chenevert
Play 02 The World of St. Francis Phil Chenevert
Play 03 Francis the Fighter Phil Chenevert
Play 04 Francis the Builder Phil Chenevert
Play 05 Le Jongleur de Dieu Phil Chenevert
Play 06 The Little Poor Man Phil Chenevert
Play 07 The Three Orders Phil Chenevert
Play 08 The Mirror of Christ Phil Chenevert
Play 09 Miracles and Death Phil Chenevert
Play 10 The Testament of St. Francis Phil Chenevert