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The Image of St Francis
Responses to Sainthood in the Thirteenth Century

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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521782913

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  • An important new study of the way in which St Francis's image was recorded in literature, documents, architecture and art. St Francis was a man whose personality was deliberately stamped on his Order and Rosalind Brooke explores how the stories told by Francis's companions were at once brilliantly vivid portrayals of the man as well as guides to how the Franciscan way of life ought to be led. She also examines how after St Francis's death a great monument was erected to him in the Basilica at Assisi and how this came to reflect in stone and stained glass and fresco the manner in which some Popes and leading friars believed his memory should be fostered. Highly illustrated throughout, including colour and black and white plates, this book will be essential reading for medievalists and art historians as well as anyone interested in St Francis and the Franciscan movement.

    • A fresh and penetrating study of a major figure and a major movement in medieval religious history
    • Examines St Francis's image across literature, documents, architecture and painting
    • Interdisciplinary approach
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "It will certainly prove essential for art historians."
    -R. Joy Ellison, Comitatus

    "Brooke has produced an extremely valuable, thoroughly illustrated study, one that specialists in late-medieval Italy will profitably consult for years to come." -Anne Derbes, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521782913
    • length: 540 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 195 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.49kg
    • contains: 59 b/w illus. 10 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    The soft wax
    2. The image in life
    The image Francis sought to present
    The impression Francis made on contemporaries
    3. The image after death
    The early official image in writing
    Elias' letter
    The papal bull of Canonisation
    Thomas of Celano's First Life of St Francis
    4. The official image in stone - the Basilica of St Francis at Assisi
    I. The creation of the Basilica
    The achievement of brother Elias
    Progress of the building and its date
    Furnishing the Basilica
    II. The inspiration of the Basilica
    Gregory IX
    Innocent IV
    Sources of inspiration
    The functions of the double church
    Conclusion - the image
    5. The authority of St Francis: expositions of the rule
    The Exposition of the Four Masters
    Hugh of Digne
    The bull Ordinem vestrum
    The sources and characteristics of Hugh's Exposition of the Rule
    The bull Exiit qui seminat
    6. Reminiscences: the convergence of unofficial and official images in writing
    The writings of Leo, Rufino, and Angelo
    The image of St Francis as presented by Leo, Rufino and Angelo
    The anonymous of Perugia
    Thomas of Celano's Second Life of St Francis
    The Legend of the Three Companions
    The sources of the Legend of the Three Companions and its date
    The image of St Francis presented by the Legend of the Three Companions
    The Sacrum Commercium
    7. Visual images
    The Pescia altar panel
    The Pisa altar panel
    The Assisi altar panel
    The Bardi altar panel
    Matthew Paris
    Kalenderhane Camii
    8. The official image in speech and writing
    St Bonaventure
    The Legenda Maior of St Bonaventure
    The Miracles of St Francis
    9. The official visual image: the decoration of the Basilica
    The decoration of the Lower Church
    The decoration of the Upper Church
    The stained glass windows in the Upper Church
    The decoration of apse and transepts
    The north transept
    The Four Evangelists
    The decoration of the sanctuary walls
    The decoration of the nave of the Upper Church
    The St Francis cycle
    Dating the decoration of the nave
    Nicholas IV
    10. The rediscovery of St Francis's body
    Reconstruction of St Francis's interment
    11. Epilogue: Angela of Foligno's image of St Francis.

  • Author

    Rosalind B. Brooke
    Dr Rosalind Brooke is a senior member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. Her publications include The Coming of the Friars (1975) and Popular Religion in the Middle Ages (with C. N. L. Brooke, 1984).

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