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Catherine of Siena

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  • Ana
    To read past library recommendations visit: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PopeSaintNicholasV/. Check to see if this title is already in your library s catalog.
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      To read past library recommendations visit:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PopeSaintNicholasV/.

      Check to see if this title is already in your library's catalog. If it is, put a hold on it and check it out. If not, fill out a patron request form right away. This can usually be done online at your library's website.

      Title: Catherine of Siena
      Author: Sigrid Undset
      Publisher: Ignatius Press
      Date Published: October, 2009
      ISBN-10: 1586174088
      Price: $16.95 (Amazon price: $10.47)

      Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Catherine-Siena-Sigrid-Undset/dp/1586174088/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257424452&sr=8-1

      Publisher website: http://www.ignatius.com/ViewProduct.aspx?SID=1&Product_ID=3634&SKU=CASI-P&Category_ID=212


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      Product Description
      Sigrid Undset's Catherine of Siena is critically acclaimed as one of the best biographies of this famous fourteenth-century saint. Known for her historical fiction, which won her the Nobel Prize for literature in 1928, Undset based this factual work on primary sources, her experiences living in Italy, and her profound understanding of the human heart.

      One of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century, Undset was no stranger to hagiography. Her meticulous research of medieval times, which bore such fruit in her masterpieces Kristin Lavransdatter and The Master of Hestviken, acquainted her with some of the holy men and women produced by the Age of Faith. Their exemplary lives left a deep impression upon the author, which she credited as one of her reasons for entering the Church in 1924.

      Catherine of Siena was a particular favorite of Undset, who also was a Third Order Dominican. An extraordinarily active, intelligent, and courageous woman, Catherine at an early age devoted herself to the love of God. The intensity of her prayer, sacrifice, and service to the poor won her a reputation for holiness and wisdom, and she was called upon to make peace between warring nobles. Believing that peace in Italy could only be achieved if the pope, then living in France, returned to Rome, Catherine boldly traveled to Avignon to meet with Pope Gregory XI.

      With sensitivity to the zealous love that permeated the life of Saint Catherine, Undset presents a most moving and memorable portrait of one of the greatest women of all time.
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