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Author: James Fitzhenry
ISBN: 0979630118
Language: English
Pages: 336 pages
Publisher: Arx Pub (September 30, 2011)
Rating: 4.6
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Fernando III is a Catholic hero who deserves to be more widely known

Fernando III is a Catholic hero who deserves to be more widely known. 11 people found this helpful. James Fitzhenry has written an excellent biography of Saint Fernando III. It is one of the best biographies that I have ever read and is certainly an excellent glimpse of Spanish and Catholic history. I did not know that Saint Fernando's body is still incorrupt!

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Saint Fernando III, A Kingdom for Christ is just a fabulous book! . This book gives you two saints for one as it covers St. James the Apostle as well.

Saint Fernando III, A Kingdom for Christ is just a fabulous book! I have not read a more interesting, concise, and Catholic life of a saint. I marvel that such an edifying book could be written in these days. Saint Fernando by James Fitzhenry. B efore I read this book I had not heard of the swift and powerful manner in which Saint James the Apostle and the heavenly hosts defended the Castilian armies, time after time. There's also a paperback version.

Fernando had labored incredibly, struggling for years to bring this day about. Mr. Fitzhenry presents the king and saint's life and times with a deft hand. He knew that these men had also endured sufferings and labors untold, as had all of Castile for hundreds of years. Fernando's remarkable character, both knightly and saintly, and his many personal relationships are boldly delineated; the many figures who surrounded and aided him are colorfully portrayed; the numerous battles are recounted with accuracy and consummate panache.

Fernando III: A Kingdom for Christ is geared toward Catholic homeschooled kids, probably in the twelve and older age range. But the writing is exceptional and as a mature reader of nearly 40, the book easily held my attention. Fitzhenry, after success with his great work, El Cid: God's Own Champion, in 2007, outdid himself with the story of St. Fernando, or San Fernando Rey. This new book reads like a novel full of suspense, but based on the life of one of the most amazing saints, yet before this great book, little was known about him.

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Saint Fernando III: A Kingdom for Christ by James Fitzhenry tells the story of the greatest Spanish monarch, King of Castile and Leon, St. Roman Catholic saints and heroes! The glory of the Catholic Church throughout the ages. My genealogy file cart. you organized enough? - Organize Your Family History Great Article!Are you organized enough?

Fernando III : A Kingdom for Christ.

Fernando III : A Kingdom for Christ. The Greatest Spanish monarch, St. Fernando III, King of Castile and Leon, was born in the year 1199 - exactly 100 years after the death of his illustrious ancestor, El Cid. In him would be combined the soul of a knight dedicated entirely to God, the irresistible power of the Cid, and, due to his royal heritage, the authority to marshal the might of an entire kingdom against the enemies of Christ.

The Greatest Spanish monarch, St. Fernando III, King of Castile and Leon . Fernando III, King of Castile and Leon, was born in the year 1199 - exactly 100 years after the death of his illustrious ancestor, El Ci. Saint Fernando III is a narrative biography of King Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon, a great leader of the Reconquista. You won't find many footnotes, but you will find adventure, intrigue, and plenty of daring-dos. The book recounts the saint's entire life from his childhood at his maternal grandfather's court in Castile through his tumultuous young adulthood being used as a political pawn between factions in Castile and his father, the King of Leon. What others are saying. Manifesting the special grace and spirit given to St. Dominic, these outstanding lives are shining examples for modern Christians on how to make the Gospel teaching incarnate in today's world.

The greatest Spanish monarch, King of Castile and Leon, St. Fernando III was born in the year 1199 - exactly 100 years after the death of hisillustrious ancestor, El Cid. In him would be combined the soul of a knight dedicated entirely to God, the irresistible power of the Cid, anddue to his royal heritage, the authority to marshal the might of an entire kingdom against the enemies of Christ. Personally leading hisarmies into battle, he took back more territory from Islam than any other king in history. First cousin of St. Louis IX of France, he died asaintly death in the year 1252. His incorrupt body can still be seen in the Cathedral of Seville, and his feastday, May 30th, is a holyday of obligation in Spain.
Comments (7)
Ce
I’m an avid reader of all things related to the Medieval Crusades and this includes the lesser known events of the Reconquista (730s-1492) on the Iberian Peninsula. Mr Fitzhenry’s books on Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, better known as the Cid (El Cid) and King Fernando III of Castile and Leon were a refreshing look at key individuals of the period. Though neither book really focuses on the tactical details of the battles they fought, yes against both Muslim/Moorish and Christian opponents, they do a great job of letting the reader get a sense of what’s taking place. Both books are more of a character study. They are perfect for a parent that wants to read to their children about concepts of chivalry and knightly virtues based on historical events (sorry King Arthur fans).

I recommend both of them to young readers interested in the topic of the Reconquista and overall Crusades topics in general.

The good news on the winds is that he’ll be publishing another book on the exploits of the Crusading Military Order-Knights of Malta (formerly known as the Hospitallers) at the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. If it’s anything like the previous two, then count me in!
RUsich155
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I would highly recommend it .
Xwnaydan
Loved it, could not put it down! I would highly recommend this for all ages. The history and richness of the faith shared of Saint Fernando III is a must for this day and age. I've recommended this book to many already, including fellow parents, teachers, clergy, and friends.
Rainshaper
This is a great book. Very edifying. The way Kings should live not for themselves but for God and their subjects.
Tejora
Great book and talented writer!
Shaktizragore
A must read, an all time great!
Thordigda
Did you know that one of the greatest kings in Spanish history, Fernando III, was also a saint? I didn't. But thanks to author James Fitzhenry, I do now. Fitzhenry, who also penned El Cid: God's Own Champion, has written this detailed yet approachable biography of this fascinating and inspiring example of Catholic manhood. St. Fernando III: A Kingdom for Christ is geared toward Catholic homeschooled kids, probably in the twelve and older age range. But the writing is exceptional and as a mature reader of nearly 40, the book easily held my attention.

Replete with family turmoil, civil strife, stunning miracles, romance, and dozens upon dozens of skirmishes, pitched battles, and sieges, the tremendous scope of St. Fernando's worldly accomplishments leave the reader dumbfounded. But the heart of this book is St. Fernando's total devotion to Christ and his Blessed Mother. Everything he did, he offered to God without reservation. In his willingness to suffer personal hardships, unfailing mercy toward his enemies, love for his wife and children, and care for the poor and afflicted, St. Fernando was a model of Christian virtue. In his everyday life, and especially when he faced a crisis, he turned to the Virgin and believed to the depths of his soul that she would intercede for him. And based on the magnificent achievements of his life, who can doubt that she did? For at the same time that the Christian states in the Holy Land were failing despite the best efforts of great crusading armies led by the most important crowned heads of Europe, St. Fernando was able to weld together the small kingdoms of Castile and Leon and use their combined might to reconquer almost all of Andalusia from its Muslim overlords.

So in short, this book is a gem. St. Fernando III is a Catholic hero who deserves to be more widely known. Now thanks to James Fitzhenry and his enjoyable book, he will be.
James Fitzhenry has written an excellent biography of Saint Fernando III. It is one of the best biographies that I have ever read and is certainly an excellent glimpse of Spanish and Catholic history. I did not know that Saint Fernando's body is still incorrupt!

Saint Fernando III, also called St. Ferdinand III, lived in Castile and was heir to both Castile and Leon, Spain hence his castle and lion emblems. He took up and furthered the Reconquest of Spain as Rodrigo, El Cid, and his own grandfather Alfonso did against the Moslem invaders.

We had had no idea of the astonishing miracles that God granted to these men, the distances they traveled, the terrain, and the deceits they suffered in their heroic attachment to their duties of state. Mr. Fitzhenry does an excellent job of portraying these images in words. King St. Ferdinand III, especially, did all for the love of God which is what all of the Roman Catholic saints did by the time they died. His heroic and focused love of God set him above all around him. In the end, we know him as an incorrupt saint whose body can still be seen in the Cathedral of Seville. Also, I now understand why the Spanish have such a great devotion to St. James the Apostle. I do now, too!

I found the map, drawings, and the color photos to be excellent, too, which means that this is an excellent book for a high school reading list. Any high school student who is familiar with some European history can read this book for an excellent history of Spain or an excellent model of how a Catholic should live and the confidence in God that a Catholic has the right to expect when he serves God with all his might.

Sts. James and Fernando, pray for us.