Shaker Cities of Peace, Love, and Union: A History of the by Deborah E. Burns
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A few reflections:
(1) That Francis used to be a fine looking guy, as urged by way of the author,was infrequently the case. we've got modern photographs of Francis exhibiting another way besides descriptions of his contemporaries comparable to Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis was once a womanizer, back urged by way of the writer, is uncertain. there isn't any proof in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, any such small city, it can were prohibitied until the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there isn't any checklist of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;
(3) there is not any indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. heritage is totally silent in this factor. the writer is correct bearing on Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As an issue of heritage, the belief of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. woman Poverty was once simply that - a component of his mystical lifestyles. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis used to be nearly 30 whilst he switched over to the magical lifestyles - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) sure, Francis did visit struggle. the writer says he was once a "warrior. "
Such a notice indicates a life-style which may hardly ever painting the Francis of Assisi of old checklist. convinced, he went to conflict yet we haven't any suggestion of what he did. He can have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not understand. We do comprehend he used to be attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations whilst he armored as much as move at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, used to be interrupted via a magical occasion for Francis. He became again and have become a knight of his Lord - the magical Christ who finally spoke to him at Daniano. was once he then a "failed knight? " as urged by means of the writer. Francis inspiration another way. the matter the following seems to be the author's loss of spiritual intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If whatever will be acknowledged approximately Francis at this juncture is that he did not reside as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to make certain a Freudian may come to another end than a Jungian.
(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis was once a medieval guy and probably inspiration as such a lot medieval Christians the idea of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century past. Bernard stated "to kill a Muslim isn't really to devote homocide. " Francis faced the Sultan throughout the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being invaluable until eventually the Muslims accredited the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't hold forth opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered by means of the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this capability, they went from city to city to elevate males, cash and fabric for the Crusades. Had it now not been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;
There are many sturdy books on Saint Francis. this isn't one in every of them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the spiritual intuition which may understand what the actors are facing. i'm sorry to claim this isn't sturdy heritage. it really is sloppy heritage reflecting the sentiments of the current into the previous. Of the potential 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of background yet supply it one superstar for the canopy and one famous person for the paper it's written on. Why punish the blameless whether inanimate?
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18 Like so many others, Lucy had been swept up in the 1779 New Light Stir. Although she and Elijur Goodrich were married in December 1779, they did not live as man and wife. 19 The following June they went to Niskeyuna to see the Shakers. In contrast to her enthusiastic husband, Lucy hung back. 20 After she and Elijur dissolved their marriage, she succeeded in converting her father (a former deacon), her brother John, and most of her "high proud" family; she would become Mother Ann's most trusted associate, a magnificent organizer, and eventually, Mother herself after Ann's death.
Whitson, June Sprigg, Edward Deming Andrews, and Theodore E. Johnson. There are three individuals without whom, I can honestly say, I could not have produced this book. One is Magda Gabor-Hotchkiss, Associate Librarian at Hancock Shaker Village, who deserves an entire page of thanks. She generously shared her expertise in identifying dim faces in old photographs, cheerfully retrieved documents and unearthed pictures, endlessly discussed fine points of Shaker historyand became a dear friend in the process.
Later, Amos Rathbun said, Page 11 Mother told me in the beginning that I must give up All, to find the pearl of great price, and I did, for her words ran through my soul like holy fire. I took father, mother, wife, and children, house and land, and all that was dear to me in this world, and put them in one scale, and my soul into the other, and I quick found out which balanced; my soul was my all, and obedience to Mother was my salvation and promise of eternal life. I have not had any more feeling to look back, after any of those things which I gave up, than I have to fill my bosom with glowing embers, I have laid hold of eternal life and I will live it though thousands fall by my side.