St. Francis of America Hardback

How a Thirteenth-Century Friar Became America's Most Popular Saint

by Patricia Appelbaum;

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St. Francis of America

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How did a thirteenth-century Italian friar become one of the best-loved saints in America? Around the nation today, St. Francis of Assisi is embraced as the patron saint of animals, beneficently presiding over hundreds of Blessing of the Animals services on October 4, St. Francis's Catholic feast day. Not only Catholics, however, but Protestants and other Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and nonreligious Americans commonly name him as one of their favorite spiritual figures. Drawing on a dazzling array of art, music, drama, film, hymns, and prayers, Patricia Appelbaum explains what happened to make St. Francis so familiar and meaningful to so many Americans. Appelbaum traces popular depictions and interpretations of St. Francis from the time when non-Catholic Americans "discovered" him in the nineteenth century to the present. From poet to activist, 1960s hippie to twenty-first-century messenger to Islam, St. Francis has been envisioned in ways that might have surprised the saint himself. Exploring how each vision of St. Francis has been shaped by its own era, Appelbaum reveals how St. Francis has played a sometimes countercultural but always aspirational role in American culture. St. Francis's American story also displays the zest with which Americans borrow, lend, and share elements of their religious lives in everyday practice.

St. Francis of America by Patricia Appelbaum was published by The University of North Carolina Press in October 2015 and is our 57271st best seller. The ISBN for St. Francis of America is 9781469623740.

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Page last updated 26th April 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press (October 2015)
Number of Pages336
Thickness23 mm
Height235 mm
Width155 mm
Product Code4337870
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