Legends of the Monastic Orders, as Represented in the Fine Arts; Forming the Second Series of Sacred and Legendary Art

Legends of the Monastic Orders, as Represented in the Fine Arts; Forming the Second Series of Sacred and Legendary Art

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...he desired that a fire should be kindled, and offered to pass through it if the Sultan would command one of his Imauns to pass with him. As the Sultan refused this, Francis offered next to throw himself into the fire, provided the Sultan and all his people would embrace Christianity. The Sultan declined this likewise; but looking on Francis with the Oriental feeling of respect and compassion, as one idiotic or insane, he sent him back guarded to Damietta, whence he returned to Italy without having the satisfaction of either gaining a soul to Christ or sheding his blood for his sake. As some amends for this disappointment he had the joy of hearing that five of his missionaries, whom he had sent to Morocco, had there suffered a cruel martyrdom. Four years after his return, he obtained the confirmation of his Order from Pope Honorius; resigned his office of ot LavenuL Superior, and retired to a solitary cave on Monte Alverna. There he was visited by ecstatic trances, by visions of the Virgin and our Saviour, and it is said that he was sometimes raised from the ground in a rapture of devotion. It was on this occasion that he was favoured with an extraordinary vision, which I cannot venture to give otherwise than in the words of his biographer. "After having fasted for forty days in his solitary cell on Mount Alverna, and passed the time in all the fervour of prayer and ecstatic contemplation, transported almost to heaven by the ardour of his desires, --then he beheld, as it were, a seraph with six shining wings, bearing down upon him from above, and between his wings was the form of a man crucified. By this he understood to be figured a heavenly and immortal intelligence, subject to death and humiliation. And it was manifested to him that...
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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236985141
  • 9781236985149