Blessed Giles of Assisi by Walter W. Seton

By Walter W. Seton

One of many unique disciples of Saint Francis, Blessed Giles of Assisi preached a message of poverty and penance all through Italy, the Holy Land, and North Africa prior to turning to a lifetime of contemplation. His lifestyles, the following edited and translated by means of Walter Seton, bargains necessary views in this religious guy, who strove not only to persist with yet to embrace the Franciscan Rule. Seton analyses the assets for the quick and lengthy models of the lifestyles, arguing influentially that the quick existence represents the sooner, extra actual recension. His 1918 variation used to be dependent upon a formerly omitted model of the quick existence contained in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Canonici Misc. 528. Facing-page Latin and English make the textual content available to scholars and specialists alike. a necessary addition to Franciscan experiences while first released, this significant paintings is now on hand to a brand new new release of students.

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Cod. 3417, Pal. D. 1470). These MSS. do not differ among themselves sufficiently to make it necessary to describe them individually, more especially as a full description is given in the Introduction to Anal. Franc, III. Nor will it be necessary for the present purpose to refer to them separately; the Long Life of B. Giles contained in all of them can be quoted generically as L2. Summing up then to this point, there are extant seven MSS. containing the Short Life, Li (two of them by itself in separate form), and thirteen MSS.

Li does not drop to bits: Li cannot be shown to be derived from earlier sources : and why ? Because it is a whole, because it is the work of one man who was an author, not a compiler : and if so, why not Brother Leo himself? For this position, other evidence will be produced. Before leaving this aspect of the matter, reference may be made to one peculiarity of L2, which is not found in Li. There are seven vernacular passages in L2 :— (1) P. 36. Bo, bo, molto dico e poco fo. (2) „ Faite, faite e non parlate.

Francis, describing the qualities of the ideal Friar Minor, said that he should possess " mentem elevatam in contemplatione quant frater Aigidius habuit usque ad summam perfectionem "'. Again, in Chapter 107 3 there is the pathetic story, how the dying Francis, wishing to give a last charge concerning the honour due to Brother Bernard, stretched out his right hand to place it on the head of Bernard, but being blind placed it instead on that of Giles, and immediately discovered his mistake through the Holy Spirit.

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