By Jacques Dalarun
Translated by Philippe Yates
Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF, PhD, calls Dalarun’s work “a jewel whose contemplation will provide endless moments of intellectual stimulation combined with a certain refreshment of spirit. What Dalarun accomplishes in this study is a symphonic combination of textual criticism, linguistic analysis, historical contextualization, theological intuition and poetic – and often provocative – exegesis. He pushes the reader to a new encounter with The Canticle created by Francis of Assisi.” Dalarun’s groundbreaking analysis of this ancient Franciscan text comes to us at a most appropriate time, as Pope Francis has just recently shined the spotlight on this same exact work in his recent encyclical Laudato si, which borrows its title from the opening phrase of The Canticle: “Praised be you my Lord.” Readers that crave a deeper understanding of The Canticle, Pope Francis’ theology, St. Francis’ spirituality, or the historical roots of the mendicant order, will satisfy their intellectual appetite through Dalarun’s wonderful work.
Jacques Dalarun is internationally known in the field of medieval studies, particularly for his publications on Robert of Arbrissel and Clare of Rimini. The former director of Medieval Studies at l’Ecole francais de Rome and of l’Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (CNRS), Dalarun is also known for his significant publications on the medieval religious experience in France and Italy. In 2004-2005, he was the Joseph A. Doino Visiting Professor of Franciscan Studies at The Franciscan Institute, Saint Bonaventure University. His works on Francis of Assisi have been translated into English and published by Franciscan Institute Publications: The Misadventure of Francis of Assisi (2002), Francis of Assisi and the Feminine (2006) and Francis of Assisi and Power (2007).
Dr Philippe Yates, JCD passed the French Baccalaureat C at the Lycee Florent Schmitt in Paris. He received his doctoral degree from the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome. He has translated many scholarly articles on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition from French and Italian. His own book “Recollect Franciscan Poverty” is published by the Frati Editori di Quaracchi. He currently teaches philosophy and canon law online for Holy Apostles College in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Pb 2016: 115 p
ISBN 13: 978-1-5769-382-0
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