Klappentext "Pujo has penned a fascinating biography of one of the most proactive saints in Roman Catholic history. No other biographer has taken the care to place all his good works so firmly into historical context." - Booklist "... Pujo carefully documents Vincent's transformation from seeking a comfortable church benefice to recognizing the poor as one's masters. Pujo, unlike most previous biographers, emphasizes the wide historical contexts of Vincent's vision of service. Well written and translated, this fine religious biography is recommended for public and academic libraries." - Library Journal "Vincent de Paul, The Trailblazer is a remarkable biography of a truly great hero of France and of the Church itself." - The Priest" Zusammenfassung Opening a bright window into the turbulent world of a renowned saint who lived during a time of great unrest, Bernard Pujo details how politics, war and Vincent's own charismatic personality served as essential elements in his construction of a vast and lasting web of charitable works.
BERNARD PUJO is a historian and the author of several biographies, including Juin, Marechal de France, Vauban and Le Grand Conde.
Vincent de Paul, the Trailblazer opens a bright window into the turbulent world of a renowned saint who lived during a time of great unrest. Bernard Pujo details how politics, war, and Vincent's own charismatic personality served as essential elements in his construction of a vast and lasting web of charitable works. Pujo introduces readers not only to the fascinating life of Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), but also to the cultural, political, social, ecclesiastical, and economic life of France during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Pujo's rich portrait reveals that Vincent played an active and prominent part in shaping this period of French history. In his quest to minister to the needs of the poor, Vincent counseled and challenged some of the key figures in French politics. Vincent de Paul, the Trailblazer describes Vincent's childhood, his education, his life as a young priest, his skills as an organizer and manager, and his commitment to serving the physical and spiritual needs of the poor. This authoritative biography is lively enough to interest general readers and detailed enough to appeal to scholars of French and church history.