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Francis of Assisi
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Francis of Assisi (1181/82–1226), baptized Giovanni Bernardone, was the founder of the Franciscan Order. The son of a wealthy cloth merchant, Peter Bernardone, and his French wife, Pica, Francis experienced the kind of wild youth appropriate for a later saint. After participating in a war between his hometown Assisi and Perugia in 1202 and being held captive for a year, and after a lengthy illness, he underwent a conversion (§1) during the years 1204–7, the details of which are difficult to understand. In his testament Francis recounts an ascetically motivated en…

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Löhr, Winrich A., “Francis of Assisi”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 19 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_F189>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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