scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 3,738
Saint Francis of Assissi 1 Birth Saint Francis was born Giovanni Bernadone in either 1181 or 1182 in the Italian hill town of Assisi His parents Pietro and Pica were members of the rather well-to-do merchant class of the town Pioetro Bernadone was away in France when his son was born On his return he had the boys name changed from Giovanni to Franceso The Little Frenchman-perhaps a tribute to France a country he loved and from which his wifes family came Saint Francis of Assisi was born in 1182 more probably in the latter year His mothers family which was not without distinction may originally have hailed from Provence His father Pietro di Bernardone was a prosperous cloth merchant and one of the influential business men of Assisi A merchant in those days was a far different individual from the modern shop keeper forced by circumstances to be both daring and prudent he constantly embarked upon the most hazardous undertakings and his career was likely to be a succession of ups and downs Moreover business activities which today tend more and more to assert their independence of any ethical code were then strictly subordinated to accepted moral standards as is clearly shown in the writings of Leo Battista Alberti a century and a half later or in the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas Bernardone was not in Assisi when his son was born At first the child was called John but upon his fathers return he was christened Francis in memory of France whence Pietro di Bernardone had just returned More than any other character in history St Francis in after life retained the qualities most characteristic of childhood so that it is not difficult to imagine him as he must have appeared during his early years with his combination of vivacity petulance and charm Childhood At the proper time young Francesco Benardone
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA