Catherine of Sienna

A Life of Passion and Purpose

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André Vauchez
  • Mahwah, NJ: 
    Paulist Press
    , May
     256 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Christina Llanes forthcoming.


Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) has been a doctor of the church since 1970. History recalls that she was outspoken, as well as being a mystic, visionary, and prophet. During her brief life she involved herself in religious, political, and social issues of her time, and made her voice heard among world leaders. This is a portrait of a driven women who never ceased giving her life for her faith and the well being of her fellow man. What results is a real life portrait of a woman who experienced monumental crises such as the black plague, the Hundred Years' War, internecine fighting in Italy, and  papal exile in Avignon. This tertiary Dominican, who did not know how to read or write, became the confidant and critic of the powerful: princes, kings, bishops, and popes. The author, an eminent medievalist, brings this extraordinary woman alive in this riveting spiritual and historical biography.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

André Vauchez is a historian, member of l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, and Former Director of l'Ecole française of Rome, a medievalist with an international reputation.

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