The Life of St. Francis of Assisi

life_of_st.francis_largeThe Life of St. Francis of Assisi
by Candide Chalippe, OFM
594 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-0692243374


The Life of St. Francis, by the French Franciscan Candide Chalippe (circa 1727) is now back in print, unabridged, with footnotes in pictures!

Previously we had announced that the work would have an art commentary in the appendix. After some sound advice from other people, I’m turning that into its own book. At nearly 600 pages, the work should really stand for itself.

So I added more pictures to the book instead. I also took the time to translate some of the Italian quotes it gives that were not previously translated. All in all, this is a beautiful book.

Now, there is another version of this which was put out by a Franciscan in 2005. I’m going to tell you why my version is better, and I’m not just tooting my own horn.

1) The cover. My cover is just better. I take time to research public domain images so that I can use them free of copyright, and make them the best they can be.

2) Layout. I took time to professionally lay this out with headers, justified text, etc. I don’t want to cast opprobrium on the other work, but the look and readability is just much better.

3) The other edition, in spite of its size, has redacted Chalippe’s original, and in many unfortunate ways. One is he removed all the footnotes. After dealing with massive numbers of footnotes in an OCR, I can tell you it is a headache. But they are what makes this work a true work of history, constantly leading one back to the sources he is using, as well as giving excellent commentary on the faith, doctrine, the sacraments, and the examples of the Fathers.  This is why I included them.

This is one of the best books I have read in English, not just with respect to St. Francis, but spiritually, theologically and historically it was an awesome work. In spite of all the miracles it relates, it also humanizes St. Francis in many ways, by depicting the outstanding virtues he practiced, humility, sacrifice, mortification and charity. There is a reason why St. Francis is one of the greatest Saints in the history of the Church. You won’t regret this!