The Resource Setting the world on fire : the brief, astonishing life of St. Catherine of Siena, Shelley Emling

Setting the world on fire : the brief, astonishing life of St. Catherine of Siena, Shelley Emling

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Setting the world on fire : the brief, astonishing life of St. Catherine of Siena
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Setting the world on fire
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the brief, astonishing life of St. Catherine of Siena
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Shelley Emling
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eng
Summary
  • "One of only two patron saints of Italy, the other being St. Francis of Assisi, St. Catherine was ahead of her time. As a political powerhouse in late 14th century Europe, a time of war, social unrest and one of the worst natural disasters of all time--the plague--she worked for peace between Christians while campaigning for a holy crusade against Muslims. She was illiterate but grew into a great writer by dictating to assistants. She was frail and punished herself mercilessly, often starving herself, while offering moral guidance and inspiration to kings, queens, and popes. It's easy to see why feminists through the years have sought to claim the patronage of St. Catherine. From her refusal to marry to her assertion that her physical appearance was of no importance, the famous Saint is ripe for modern interpretation. She was a peacemaker during Siena's revolution of 1368, sometimes addressing thousands of people in squares and streets; she convinced Pope Gregory XI to return the papacy to Rome at a time when the Catholic Church was unraveling. How did this girl, the second-youngest of 25 children of a middle-class dyer, grow to become one of the most beloved spiritual figures of all time, a theological giant to rank alongside the likes of Thomas Aquinas? In Setting the World on Fire, Emling gives an intimate portrayal of this fascinating and revolutionary woman"--
  • In late 14th century Europe, a time of war, social unrest and one of the worst natural disasters of all time-- the plague-- Catherine of Siena worked for peace between Christians while campaigning for a holy crusade against Muslims. She was illiterate but dictated to assistants; she was frail but often starved herself. How did this girl, the second-youngest of 25 children of a middle-class dyer, grow to become one of the most beloved spiritual figures of all time? Emling provides a modern interpretation of this revolutionary woman
Title
Setting the world on fire
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Summary
The first modern, secular biography of St. Catherine of Siena, Italy's answer to Joan of Arc, which casts a 21st-century eye over her short, dramatic life
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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10485764
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DLC
Dewey number
  • 282.092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
BX4700.C4
LC item number
E45 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
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the brief, astonishing life of St. Catherine of Siena
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the brief, astonishing life of St. Catherine of Siena
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Shelley Emling
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Setting the world on fire : the brief, astonishing life of St. Catherine of Siena, Shelley Emling
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-220) and index
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  • HOU-CEN
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Chronology -- Preface: An Astonishing Life -- A Bright Little Girl -- A First Glimpse of Christ -- Kiss Me with a Kiss of Your Mouth -- Just What the Times Needed -- Fighting off Threats -- Bearing the Wounds of Christ -- The Spilling of Blood -- The Move to Rome -- Brilliant Work -- A Turn for the Worse -- Spiritual Anxieties -- The End of a Saintly Existence -- Epilogue: A Woman's Legacy
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ocn931035707
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxi, 226 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781137279804
Lccn
2015033952
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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illustrations
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u1930727
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  • (OCoLC)931035707
  • (Sirsi) a1930727

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