Reluctant Saint by Donald Spoto

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Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto strips away the legends from the life of Francis of Assisi to reveal the true story of a man who has too often been obscured by pious iconography. Drawing on unprecedented access to unexplored archives, plus Francis's own letters, Spoto places Francis within the context of the multifaceted ecclesiastical, political, and social forces of medieval Italy, casting new light on Francis and showing how his emphasis on charity as the heart of the Gospel's message helped him pioneer a new social movement. This nuanced portrait reveals the multifaceted character of a man who can genuinely be said to have changed the course of history.


About Donald Spoto

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DONALD SPOTO is the author of twenty-six books, including bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, and Audrey Hepburn. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Fordham University. Spoto is married to the Danish school administrator Ole Flemming Larsen. They live in Denmark.
Published September 30, 2003 by Penguin Books. 284 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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For Spoto, he attained “a condition of spiritual integrity that always upsets public presumptions and counters the selfishness and madness of power.” Spoto insightfully demonstrates that far from taming the man, Francis’s canonization made his life and example a wonderful embarrassment to the chu...

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It does not seem possible that the world needs another biography of St. Francis of Assisi, but Spoto (The Hidden Jesus) makes a credible case for adding to the glut of books and articles about the medieval saint.

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