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Author Trembinski, Donna, 1974- author.

Title Illness and authority : disability in the life and lives of Francis of Assisi / Donna Trembinski.

Publication Info. Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2020]

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Description 1 online resource (x, 255 pages)
nat Canadians
gdr Women
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Francis overdiagnosed and undiagnosed -- Recentring illness and infirmity in Francis' lived experience -- Et licet infirmus fuisset semper : Testimonies of illness in the early Lives of Francis -- Disability and tensions in Francis' lived experience -- The hagiographers' search for meaning -- On disability, power, and gender : a speculative conclusion -- Postscript : On the Importance of disability as a category of analysis -- Appendix. Recentring illness : A revised chronology of Francis' life.
Summary "Illness and Authority examines the lived experience and early stories about St. Francis of Assisi through the lens of disability studies. This new approach re-centres Francis's illnesses and infirmities and highlights how they became barriers to wielding traditional modes of masculine authority within both the Franciscan Order he founded and the church hierarchy. So concerned were members of the Franciscan leadership that the future saint was compelled to seek out medical treatment and spent the last two years of his life in the nearly constant care of doctors. Unlike other studies of Francis's ailments, Illness and Authority focuses on the impact of his illnesses on his autonomy and secular power, rather than his spiritual authority. From downplaying the comfort Francis received from music to disappearing doctors in the narratives of his life, early biographers worked to minimize the realities of his infirmities. When they could not do so, they turned the saint's experiences into teachable moments that demonstrated his saintly and steadfast devotion and his trust in God. Illness and Authority explores the struggles that early authors of Francis's vitae experienced as they tried to make sense of a saint whose life did not fit the traditional rhythms of a founder-saint."-- Provided by publisher.
Biography Donna Trembinski is an associate professor of Medieval History at St. Francis Xavier University.
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Subject Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226 -- Health.
Christian saints -- Italy -- Assisi -- Biography.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Title Disability in the life and lives of Francis of Assisi
Illness & authority
Other Form: Print version: Trembinski, Donna, 1974- Illness and authority. Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, 2020 1487507410 (OCoLC)1146555422
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