This Franciscan classic, first published in 1907, and written by a famous Capuchin scholar, tells the story of a young woman in 13th-century Italy, who shocked everyone by openly living with a rich nobleman outside of marriage and bearing him a son. After he was murdered, she was alone and rejected by her family. Filled with remorse and guilt, she finally found peace with the Franciscans as a penitent in the Third Order.
Fr. Cuthbert tells Margaret’s story with great sensitivity and literary skill. The book also contains his translation of Margaret’s Legend, written by her confessor, Fra Giunta Bevignati, detailing her spiritual struggles and revelations from God, as told to him by Margaret herself. Together the two works provide a moving portrait of her growth in holiness.
This new edition is provided with a new introduction, giving background on the author and his work, along with notes and a bibliography.