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New Book: Francis of Assisi: The Hidden Story by Chiara Mercuri

posted Jul 23, 2019, 5:16 AM by HTR OFS

Greetings from Paraclete Press!

Francis of Assisi: The Hidden Story by Chiara Mercuri  is a challenging new biography with a bold thesis. Mercuri takes the reader back in time to the real Francis of Assisi, revealing with wisdom and clear scholarship the complexities of the social, family, religious, and economic dynamic of the Middle Ages, and the concentric circles of those who knew and wrote about St. Francis from firsthand knowledge. This is a biography of the world’s most popular saint – for everyone! 

"This biography will blow the doors off the box holding a pious, mystical, aloof St. Francis. Chiara Mercuri, in Robert J. Edmonson's lively translation, reveals a man who is no less saintly than the legends have it, but who in his humanness is more relevant than ever."  - Jon M. Sweeney, editor of The Road to Assisi by Paul Sabatier, and author of The Enthusiast: How the Best Friend of Francis of Assisi Almost Destroyed What He Started

Chiara Mercuri is an Italian historian whose book on Saint Louis’s acquisition of the crown of thorns won the prestigious prize of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. She writes for the Italian magazine Medioevo (Middle Ages), and spent years reconstructing, on the basis of unofficial sources, this life and teaching of Francis of Assisi.


Learn more about our San Damiano Books here: San Damiano Imprint and be sure to look at our other Franciscan Spirituality here. This book is now available for purchase through your local bookstore,, Paraclete Press or anywhere books are sold. 

 The General Curia is planning to include a blurb about it in a future edition of Fraternitas, so please be on the look at for that!

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