Francis of Assisi superstar saint of the middle ages. Francesco di Pietro di Bernardone was one of seven children born to a wealthy Italian cloth merchant and a French noblewoman. Exposed to all the luxuries of the medieval world, young Francesco wanted for nothing. Yet the man who would become known to history as St Francis of Assisi would eventually turn his back on the trappings of the material world, devoting himself to a life of chastity, poverty and walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. But who was the man at the heart of these legends, who gave up his worldly wealth, experienced visions of God and even received the stigmata? Join HISTORY on a journey back through the centuries to investigate the life of one of the most venerated religious figures of all time.