Francis of Assisi

The Hidden Story

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Chiara Mercuri
Robert Edmonson
  • Orleans, MA: 
    Paraclete Press
    , September
     224 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Mary Catherine O'Reilly-Gindhart forthcoming.


The familiar Francis of Assisi of popular anecdote does not begin to take into account the complexity of the real person. Why? Because St. Bonaventure, a successor of Francis who never knew him personally, put forward his own view of Francis and spread that image far and wide. Italian historian Chiara Mercuri takes the reader back in time to the real Francis. From years of research and reconstruction, Mercuri reveals the complex dynamics of the Church of the Middle Ages, the origins of the Franciscan order, and the concentric circles of those friends who knew and wrote about St. Francis from firsthand knowledge.

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

Chiara Mercuri is an Italian historian whose book on Saint Louis’s acquisition of the crown of thorns won the prestigious prize of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. She writes for the Italian magazine, Medioevo (Middle Ages), and spent years reconstructing, on the basis of unofficial sources, this life and teaching of Francis of Assisi.