The Joyful Beggar by Louis De Wohl

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In this magnificent and stirring novel, Louis de Wohl turns his famed narrative skill to the story of the soldier and merchant's son who might have been right-hand man to a king … and who became instead the most beloved of all saints. Set against the tempestuous background of 13th Century Italy and Egypt, here is the magnificent and inspiring story of Francis Bernardone, the brash, pleasure-loving young officer who was to become immortalized as St. Francis of Assisi.

The story teems with action, pageantry and intrigue with finely conceived characters-the beautiful, saintly Clare, Frederick, the hawk-faced King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor, the Sultan Al Kamil, Pope Innocent III. The scene shifts from Assisi, Rome and Sicily to the deadly sands of Egypt.

This book was made into a feature film by 20th Century Fox entitled Francis of Assisi, now available on video from Ignatius Press.


About Louis De Wohl

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Louis de Wohl wrote numerous historical novels for adults, including"The Living Wood", which is also about St. Helena and Constantine. He earned international acclaim for The Spear, and among his other popular titles are "Lay Siege to Heaven, The Restless Flame, The Joyful Beggar "and "The Quiet Light.
Published November 19, 2010 by Ignatius Press. 388 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This one tells the story of two men, gay, lighthearted Francis Bernadione of Assisi, and the dispossessed young Sicilian nobleman Count Roger of Vandria.

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