The Enthusiast

The Enthusiast

How the Best Friend of Francis of Assisi Almost Destroyed What He Started : the Untold Story of Elias of Cortona

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Popular historian and award-winning author Jon M. Sweeney relates the untold story of St. Francis's friendship with Elias of Cortona, the man who helped him build the Franciscan movement. Sweeney uses the complexities of their relationship in a gripping narrative of how their efforts changed the world and how Elias's enthusiasm betrayed the ideals of his friend. Few biographies of St. Francis have examined his complicated relationship with close friend Elias of Cortona. In The Enthusiast, award-winning author and historian Jon M. Sweeney delves into this little-known partnership that defined and then almost destroyed Francis's ideals. Blending history and biography, Sweeney reveals how Francis and Elias rebuilt churches, aided lepers, and entertained as "God's troubadours" to the delight of everyday people who had grown tired of a remote and tumultuous Church.
Publisher: Notre Dame, Indiana : Ave Maria Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781594716010
1594716013
Branch Call Number: 271.3 ELIA
Characteristics: xxii, 291 pages ; 22 cm

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