Therefore, all early biography on Don Bosco, including Fr. Lemoyne’s and his successors’, should be approached with the right understanding of its popular medieval religious roots. On no account ought it to be dismissed as novelized history, which it is not.
On the contrary, it should be regarded as the mediator of important historical information–as a mine to be diligently worked for the wealth it holds enclosed.
Reference time period: 1881 – 1924
A. Lenti, The earliest biographies of Don Bosco and their english translations, in «Journal of Salesian Sudies» 1 (1990) 1, 16-34.
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