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Little Flowers of Francis of Assisi

A New Translation
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Shambhala
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December, 2006
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9781590303757
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$22.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This collection of folk tales, legends, and narratives about the life of Francis of Assisi and his followers appeared about 75 years after the saint’s death, in the early 14th century. The writings have remained popular ever since due to their beauty and charm, and because they are the nearest thing to a biography of Francis that exists. They are the source of many of the most famous stories about Francis—including the accounts of his preaching to the birds and of his receiving of the stigmata—and they are based on stories that circulated about him in the years after his death.

Robert Hopcke and Paul Schwartz provide the first truly new translation of the Fioretti in 40 years, and in doing so they bring the spiritual classic up to date, using contemporary language to show Francis to be a living, breathing human being who walked the streets of Assisi in a state of spiritual, physical, and social enlightenment, through his own existence making Christ real in the world. The translators have also edited the work to present the stories that most powerfully present Francis’s spirit and teaching.

They succeed in telling the tales of Francis’s ministry—particularly his dedication to the poor and the sick—in readable and simple language for contemporary readers. The introductions to each story serve as helpful commentaries, further translating the wisdom and spirit of Franciscan literature. The translators include roughly half of the 53 stories in the original collection, picking only the stories that “clearly and forcefully present some sort of discrete spiritual teaching by Francis himself.”

“This free and vibrant new translation of charming tales from the life of St. Francis of Assisi… clearly show the revolutionary impact that Francis had on his contemporaries, and how following the teachings of Jesus can be a subversive way of life.” —James Martin

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This collection of folk tales, legends, and narratives about the life of Francis of Assisi and his followers appeared about seventy-five years after the saints death, in the early fourteenth century. The writings have remained popular ever since due to their beauty and charm, and because they are the nearest thing to a biography of Francis that exists. They are the source of many of the most famous stories about Francisincluding the accounts of his preaching to the birds and of his receiving of the stigmataand they are based on stories that circulated about him in the years after his death.

Robert Hopcke and Paul Schwartz provide the first truly new translation of the Fioretti in forty years, and in doing so they bring the spiritual classic up to date, using contemporary language to show Francis to be a living, breathing human being who walked the streets of Assisi in a state of spiritual, physical, and social enlightenment, through his own existence making Christ real in the world.

The translators have also edited the work to present the stories that most powerfully present Franciss spirit and teaching.

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