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Francis of Assisi, Saint
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I. Life – II. Writings – III. Influence

(1181/82, Assisi – Oct 3, 1226, Assisi)

I. Life

No other saint exerts greater fascination than Francis, as the vast body of literature on him itself demonstrates. The term questione francescana (S. Minocchi 1902; question franciscaine already P. Sabatier 1898) in reference to the sources points to a difficulty similar to that faced by recent Jesus research in distinguishing the historical from the legendary Francis. Following the clarif…

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Schmucki, Oktavian, “Francis of Assisi, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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