Salvation: Scenes from the Life of St. Francis

by Valerie Martin

Paperback, 2002

Status

Available

Call number

271.302

Publication

Knopf (2002), Edition, 288 pages

Description

Inspired by the fresco cycles that depict the life of St. Francis of Assisi, acclaimed author Valerie Martin tells the life of Francesco di Pietro Bernardone in a series of vividly realized “panels” of moments both crucial and ordinary. Drawing from myriad sources and moving in reverse chronological order, she begins in the dark, final days, with a suffering Francesco on the verge of death, then shows us the unwashed and innocent revolutionary, unafraid to lecture a pope on Christ’s message. We see his mystical friendship with Chiara di Offreducci, a nobleman’s daughter who turns her back on the world to join him, and finally, the frivolous young Francesco on the deserted road where his encounter with a leper leads him to an ecstatic embrace of God. Salvation is at once an illuminating glimpse into the medieval world and an original and intimate portrait of the man whose legend has resonated through the centuries.… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

2001

Physical description

288 p.; 5.21 inches

ISBN

0375409831 / 9780375409837

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