N.2/2017 Riforme religiose, rivoluzioni politiche

Doppia illusione. Francesco d’Assisi riformatore?

Francesco Mores

Università degli studi di Milano

Published in December, 2017

Double Illusion. Was Francis of Assisi a Reformer?

Abstract

This essay reflects on the possibility of reconstructing a biography of Francis of Assisi: St. Francis was a religious reformer? Moving from a well- known draft by Pierre Bourdieu, L’illusion biographique, the essay analyses the implications of the relationship between the hagiographies of St. Francis, the writings of Francis and the so-called first portrayal of the true man of Assisi, in a small Chapel of the Speco of Subiaco. From the point of view of a work by Erasmus Alber Alcoranus Franciscanorum (first half of the XVI Century), this image highlights the illusion of the ‘true’ Francis. The man of Assisi was not a Christian reformer.

Keywords

Francis of Assisi, Reform, Iconography, Biography, Autobiography

Critical Journal of History of Ideas
International Philosophy Journal

Editor-in-chief
Andrea Tagliapietra and Sebastiano Ghisu

Editor
Giovanni Campus

Authorized by Tribunale di Sassari n.455 del 14/7/2008 - ISSN 2035-732X - ISSN (Paper edition) 2035-732X

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