Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone known as St. Francis of Assisi was an Italian mystic and Catholic friar who founded the Franciscans. He was inspired to lead a life of poverty as an itinerant preacher. As one of the most venerated figures in Christianity. He is commonly portrayed wearing a brown habit with a rope tied around his waist, featuring three knots that symbolize the three Franciscan vows of chastity, obedience, and poverty. In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the sultan al-Kamil and put an end to the conflict of the Fifth Crusade. In 1223, as part of the annual Christmas celebration in Greccio, he arranged for the first live nativity scene. Francis is associated with patronage of animals and the environment.
St. Francis of Assisi
Born in Italy circa 1181, Saint Francis of Assisi was renowned for drinking and partying in his youth. During a battle between the towns of Assisi and Perugia, Francis was captured and imprisoned for ransom. He spent nearly a year in prison awaiting his father’s payment and, according to legend, he began receiving visions from God. After his release from prison, Francis heard the voice of Christ, who told him to repair the Christian Church and live a life of poverty. Francis reportedly received a vision that left him with the stigmata of Christ, marks resembling the wounds Jesus Christ suffered when he was crucified, making Francis the first person to receive such holy wounds. He was canonized as a saint on July 16, 1228.
This St. Francis of Assisi History Mug is part of our Faith & Religion series which includes many unique individuals.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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