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N.2/2017 Riforme religiose, rivoluzioni politiche

Doppia illusione. Francesco d’Assisi riformatore?

Francesco Mores

Università degli studi di Milano

Published in December, 2017

Riforme religiose Rivoluzioni politiche.

Double Illusion. Was Francis of Assisi a Reformer?


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.


Francis of Assisi, Reform, Iconography, Biography, Autobiography

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