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The Road to Siena | Paperback Book | Gardner | Biography | 9781640602243

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Influential throughout the kingdoms of Europe, Catherine of Siena enjoyed the confidence of popes, royalty, and most of all, the common people of Italy. A complicated woman, she was able to speak bluntly to a queen: “Instead of a woman, you have become the servant and slave of nothingness, making yourself the subject of lies and of the demon who is their father”; and also encourage the wife of a simple tailor: “Clothe yourself in the royal virtues.”

Edmund G. Gardner's The Essential Bigorapho fof St. Catherine of Siena, first published a century ago, has been slightly abridged and generously supplemented with the reflections of other biographers, historians, and artists who shed fresh light on what we know about an amazing woman.

The Road to Siena is a fairly brief-but-concentrated book illustrating a rather brief-but-concentrated life. Our instincts to distrust Catherine’s visions as delusions and her hearty exhortations as mania are natural, but repeatedly Gardner manages to put them down in turn, and all of our modern understanding must be humbled a bit when we read that the invisible stigmata Catherine claimed in her life became manifest and quite visible upon her death, even if her mystical wedding ring did not. Taken together, the book brings the reader into close contact with Catherine’s flame; one feels the heat that singed the consciences of popes and monarchs alike.”

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The Road to Siena Book Details: 
  • Essential Biography of Saint Catherine of Siena 
  • Author: Edmund G. Gardner 
  • Binding: Paperback 
  • 224 Pages 
  • ISBN: 9781640602243 
  • 5-1/2” x 1/2” x 8-1/2