St. Anthony of Padua has been a friend to millions of
Catholics asking his help to recover lost objects. But few seem to know
much about his remarkable life. The son of a knight in the court of
Portugal's king, he renounced his heritage of wealth and power to become
a Franciscan priest. In the years to come, he earned international fame
as a preacher, reformer, miracle worker, champion of the poor, and
Doctor of the Church.
A generation ago, the American
Catholic novelist John Edward Beahn presented Anthony's life and
legends in a biographical novel, A Rich Young Man: A Novel Based on the Life of St. Anthony of Padua,
published in 1953. This imaginative re-telling of the saint's story,
based on historical records and traditions, now comes to life again in
the TAN Legend series of biographical fiction.
tale unfolds in the epic setting of medieval Europe of the thirteenth
century. Monarchs, courtiers, churchmen, knights, nobles and serfs
maneuver like chess pieces in an elaborate game of alliances and
conflicts between Church and state, Christian and Muslim, Catholic and
heretic. Anthony's story takes us from North Africa where divine
providence saved the young friar from his mistaken zeal for martyrdom to
Italy and France, where his extraordinary gifts and heroic passion for
God blazed a path to the rescue and conversion of countless souls.
This TAN Legend edition of A Rich Young Man: A Novel Based on the Life of St. Anthony of Padua paints a rich, fascinating portrait of an astonishing saint who turned the medieval Christian world upside down.