Giovanni Bernardone. The son of a wealthy Italian cloth merchant whose father had dreams of knighthood for his son. Yet, while wracked with fever in prison after only one military campaign, Francis determined to turn his back on the world and his father’s dreams. Leaving home in a ragged cloak and a rope-belt taken from a scarecrow, he wandered the countryside with a few followers, begging from the rich, giving to the poor, and preaching the joys of "apostolic poverty". In 1209 Francis prepared a simple Rule for his little brotherhood and upon Pope Innocent II’s approval he called his group the Friars Minor, the Franciscans.
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