FRANCIS DE SALES, SAINT

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FRANCIS DE SALES, SAINT - Extremely Rare Autograph Note Signed as Bishop of Geneva
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FRANCIS DE SALES, SAINT - Extremely Rare Autograph Note Signed as Bishop of Geneva

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FRANCIS DE SALES, SAINT. (1567-1622). Roman Catholic bishop venerated as a saint and remembered for his works on spiritual formation. ANS. (“Franc’s ev. De Geneve”). 2pp. 4to. Villy, October 27, 1607. In French. An appeal written to Francis whilst Bishop of Geneva asking for an exemption from ecclesiastical taxes below which Francis has added four lines in holograph:

 

Exacting of taxes suspended until we have had a chance to confer with Our deputies on the reasons of the petitioner.”

 

Born into a noble family in the Duchy of Savoy, Francis was highly educated, studying theology and law. Despite his father’s strenuous and repeated insistence that he marry and pursue a political career, he joined a holy order. After the intervention of Geneva Bishop Claude de Granier, his father relented and Francis was ordained into the priesthood in 1593 whereupon he was made provost of the cathedral chapter of Geneva, a hotbed of Calvinism. Despite resistance from Calvinist inhabitants, he evangelized while residing in a garrisoned fortress, though he was narrowly escaped assassination on several occasions. In 1602, Francis succeeded the bishop of Geneva, but due to Calvinist control of Geneva, he was forced to reside in the French alpine city of Annecy. The efficiency of his diocese as well as the evangelical zeal that permeated it was known throughout Europe as was Francis’ preaching. His popular and influential booksIntroduction to the Devout Life, unusual in that it was written for the laity, was published in 1607, and Treatise on the Love of God, increased the public’s regard for him. A beloved figure, Francis was venerated after his death, and canonized by Pope Alexander VII in 1665. St. Francis is both the patron saint of writers and journalists, because of the printed matter he used in his efforts to convert Calvinists, and the patron saint of the deaf.

 

Since 1536, Geneva had retained taxes formerly rendered to the Catholic Church, and the practice of ecclesiastical taxation was being challenged across Europe by the end of the 16th century.

 

Francis penned our lines from the Swiss town of Villy, located near the Lake Geneva town Evian where he is reputed to have seen a vision of St. Francis of Assisi.

 

Attractively matted and framed with a portrait of St. Francis. Apparently in very fine condition, but not examined out of the frame. Very rare and last offered 45 years ago.

 

 

Item #20248



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