Bonaventura da Bagnoregio

Bonaventura da Bagnoregio (Giovanni di Fidanza) b. Bagnoregio, Italy, ca. 1217; d. Lyons, France, 14 July 1274. The rise of St Bonaventura from young scholar to prominent theologian and mystic, minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, prelate, and advisor of popes is one of the remarkable stories of the Middle Ages. There is no contemporary source of biographical information about Bonaventura. The earliest are a 15th-century biography by Mariano of Florence and a Chronicle of the Twenty-four Generals (ca. 1369), which offers details about the former ministers general of the Franciscan order. Mariano reports that Bonaventura was born Giovanni, after his father, in the small hill-top...

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