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The Joyful Beggar

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In this magnificent and stirring novel, Louis de Wohl turns his famed narrative skill to the story of the soldier and merchant's son who might have been right-hand man to a king ... and who became instead the most beloved of all saints.Set against the tempestuous background of 13th Century Italy and Egypt, here is the magnificent and inspiring story of Francis Bernardone, ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Ignatius Press (first published 1958)
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Julie Davis
What is it with Louis de Wohl's books? They're like peanuts or popcorn. You just keep tossing back handfuls because they're so good and go down so tastily.

I received The Joyful Beggar on a Saturday at noon in the mail. Sunday at noon I was 75% done. It really grabbed me, obviously. I should've expected that since I've had that reaction to de Wohl's books before. They are consistently entertaining, fact-based stories of saints and the times in which they lived.

I'm aware of the details of St. Fran
Carlos Xavier
Great story related by Louis de Wohl... Tells the life of the saint fr the perspectives of the people who lived in his time and how they might have approached and understood him. Great dialogues and excelent way to tell a story. Just maybe he should have show less of pther characters and more of st. Francis
Historically accurate, and apt to the character and spirit of its inimitable saint, this novel of Francis of Assisi is worth each read. This is my second. Even for one utterly at the edge of interest, as far as 'saints' go, it's a rollicking adventure and medieval tumult.
Great read. Easy, engaging. Offers an inspriational look at a great and humble man. Enjoyed how De Wohl stays true to the the spirit of the character, and how he re-creates a historically interesting backdrop as the context to showcase the character...
This book was not as good as I had hoped. I like De Whol's works and I love Francis of Assisi but I was disappointed when I read this book.
Beautifully told story of St Francis.
De Wohl writes well without being too sugary
Leah N.
It was a little slow but I enjoyed Francis as a young man and the young king.
Marian Bart
Outstanding. I love St. Clare's cameos.
Historical fiction about the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Wish it would have had St. Francis as more of the main character... but it was a good over view of his life.
Mia Silva
Very interesting with a spark of adventure.
Martin Jennis
Great book, very interesting. A good portrayal of an incredible man without slipping into sentimental piety.
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Mr. de Wohl is a Knight Commander of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and his wife (nee Ruth Magdalene Lorch, whom he married in 1953) is a Lady Commander of the same Order. His fifty books include The Living Wood (Lippincott, 1947), Imperial Renegade (id., 1950), The Restless Flame (id., 1951), Throne of the World (id., 1949; published in England as Attila), The Golden Thread (Lippincott, 1952), T ...more
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