Francis of Assisi: A Portrait by E. M. [Edith Martha] Almedingen lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
The Bodley Head, 1967, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Portrait to the frontispiece;
From the cover: After the Apostles, St Francis of Assisi is the most familiar and the most widely revered of the saints. He answers a need which is as real today as it was in his own time. With a poets intuition he understood that man cannot live by bread alone, that dreams and raptures are a part of his legitimate portion, and that the inevitable stresses of daily life should never be allowed to make him oblivious to beauty. Today more than ever we need to be reminded that calm can be found even in the heart of a storm.
Before turning her attention to the history of her native Russia, Miss Almedingen was a mediaeval scholar of distinction. She gives full value to the chivalric and poetic traditions which contributed so much to the saints early formation, and discards much of the rather sickly accretion of legend which has grown up around him over the centuries, for which there is little if any authority. The result is a brief, straightforward account of Franciss life which perhaps puts him into a truer perspective than ever before. Certainly it will make him accessible to many readers who would shy away from a conventional work of hagiography.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with fading to the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 191 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5¾”.
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