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Francis of Assisi
(1182 - 1226)


Encyclopedia articles:  R. Bucher (ER); L. Di Fonzo (DIP); L. Hardick (NCE); L.K. Little (DMA); E. Longpre (DS, under “Freres Mineurs”); A. Pompei, L. Di Fonzo (BS); P. Robinson (CE)    [Abbreviation key]


Works: English 

Regis J. Armstrong, Ignatius C. Brady (trs.) Francis and Clare: The Complete Works.  New York: Paulist Press, 1982.  

Complete Collections of Works and Early Biographies: English  

Regis J. Armstrong, Wayne Hellmann, William J. Short (ed.) Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. New York: New City Press, 1999-2000.  3 vols.   

Marian A. Habig (ed.) St. Francis of Assisi: Writings and Early Biographies; English Omnibus of the Sources for the Life of St. Francis. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Pr., 1973, 1977.

Other Collections  

Lawrence Cunningham (ed.) Brother Francis : An Anthology of Writings by and About St. Francis of Assisi. New York: Harper and Row, 1972.

Regis J. Armstrong (ed.) St. Francis of Assisi: Writings for a Gospel Life. New York: Crossroad, 1994.


I Fioretti; or, The Little Flowers of St. Francis

E. M. Blaiklock, A. C. Kerp (trs.)  The Little Flowers of Saint Francis: The Acts of Saint Francis and His Companions. Ann Arbor : Servant Books,  1985.  

Raphael Brown (tr.) The Little Flowers of St. Francis.  Garden City, NY: Hanover House, 1958.  

Donald Demaray (tr.) The Little Flowers of St. Francis : A Paraphrase.  New York : Alba House, 1992.  

Otto Karrer (tr.) The Little Flowers, Legends, and Lauds : St. Francis and Others.  London : Sheed and Ward, 1984.


Biographies and Studies

Edward A. Armstrong.  Saint Francis Nature Mystic : The Derivation and Significance of the Nature Stories in the Franciscan Legend.  Berkeley, CA : University of California Pr., 1973, 1976.  

Murray Bodo.  Francis : The Journey and the Dream.  Cincinnati : St. Anthony Messenger Pr., 1972, 1988.  

Leonardo Boff.  Saint Francis : A Model for Human Liberation.  New York : Crossroad, 1982.  

Butler's Lives of the Saints. New Full Edition. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1997. (October, p.17-26)   

G. K. Chesterton. St. Francis of Assisi. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1923.  

Cuthbert of Brighton. Life of St. Francis of Assisi. London: Longmans, Green, 1912.  

Omer Englebert.  Saint Francis of Assisi. 2nd edition, revised & augmented by Ignatius Brady & Raphael Brown. Chicago:  Franciscan Herald Pr., 1966.
[The value of this particular edition is greatly enhanced by the extensive notes added by Brady, and the inclusion of a research bibliography by Brown] 

Arnaldo Fortini.  Francis of Assisi. New York: Crossroad, 1981.
[An abridged translation by Helen Moak of the 5 vol. Italian original published in 1959]  

Chiara Frugoni. Francis of Assisi: A Life.  New York: Continuum, 1998.  

Johannes Jörgensen.  Saint Francis of Assisi: A Biography.  New York: Longmans, Green, 1912.  

Raoul Manselli.  St. Francis of Assisi.  Chicago: Franciscan Herald Pr., 1988.  

John Moorman. St. Francis of Assisi. New Edition. London: S.P.C.K., 1976.  

Paul Sabatier.  Life of St. Francis of Assisi.  New York: Scribner's and Sons, 1894.  

Walter Seton (ed.) St. Francis of Assisi: 1226-1926: Essays in Commemoration. London: University of London, 1926.  

Richard C. Trexler.  Naked Before the Father: The Renunciation of Francis of Assisi.  New York: Peter Lang, 1989.

 Journal Articles

“Francis of Assisi” Christian History 13.2 (1994) [entire issue]

"St. Francis of Assisi" Sojourners 10.12 (December 1981) 12-24.
[A series of short articles and reflections] 

Séamus Mulholland. "Francis of Assisi: Harbinger of a New Medieval Radicalism"  The Cord  48.6 (1998) 292-300. 

Matthias Newman. "The Holiness of Saint Francis: Spiritual Vision and Lived Suffering" Review for Religious 44 (1985) 679-90.  

Octavian Schmucki. "The Way of Life According to the Gospel as it was Discovered by St. Francis of Assisi" Greyfriars Review 2.3 (1988) 1-56.  

Octavian Schmucki. “The Mysticism of St. Francis in the Light of His Writings" Greyfriars Review 3.3 (1989) 241-266. 

Patrick McCloskey. "Francis: Saint for a New Millenium" St. Anthony Messenger 106 (Jan. 1999) 29-33.  

C.J.T. Talar. "Saint of Authority and the Saint of the Spirit" Church History 82 (1996) 23-29.


Works: Latin Critical Edition  

Kajetan Esser (ed.) Die Opuscula des hl. Franziskus von Assisi. Neue texkritische Edition. Grottaferrata: College of St. Bonaventure, 1976. (Spicilegium Bonaventurianum ; 13)  

Kajetan Esser (ed.) Opuscula Sancti Patris Francisci Assisiensis. Grottaferrata: College of St. Bonaventure, 1978. (Bibliotheca Francescana Ascetica Medii Aevi ; 12) 


Works and Early Biographies: Latin Critical Edition  

Enrico Menestň, Stefano Brufani (eds.) Fontes Franciscani. Assisi: Edizioni Porziuncola, 1995.



Corpus des Sources Franciscaines : Concordance, Index, Listes de Frequences, Tables Comparatives. Louvain : CETEDOC, 1974-90.
[1. Thesaurus Celanensis / G. Mailleux (1974).—2. S. Bonaventurae Legendae Maior et Minor / J.-F. Godet (1975).—3. Legenda Trium Sociorum, Anonymus Perusinus, Julian de Spira, Sacrum Commercium / J.-F. Godet, G. Mailleux (1976).—4. Legenda Perusina, Speculum Perfectionis / J.-F. Godet, G. Mailleux (1978).—5. Opuscula S. Francisci, Scripta S. Clarae / J.-F. Godet, G. Mailleux (1976).—6. Actus Beati Francisci et Sociorum Eius / P. Beguin (1987).—7. Jordan de Jano / P. Beguin (1990)] 


Complete Collections of Works and Early Biographies: French  

Theophile Desbonnets, Damien Vorreux (ed.) Saint Francois d’Assise: Documents et Premieres Biographies. 2nd ed. Paris: Editions Franciscaines, 1968.


Complete Collections of Works and Early Biographies: Italian

Fonti Francescane: Scritti e Biografie di San Francesco d’Assisi, Cronache e Altre Testimonianze del Primo Secolo Francescano, Scritti Biografie di Sana Chiara d’Assisi. 3rd ed. Padua: Edizioni Messaggero Padova, 1983.


Complete Collections of Works and Early Biographies: Portuguese  

Ildefonso Silveira, Orlando dos Reis (eds.) Sao Francisco de Assis: Escritos e Biografias de Sao Francisco de Assis Cronicas e Outros Testemunhos do Primeiro Seculo Franciscano. 2nd ed. Petropolis: Editora Vozes, CEFEPAL, 1982.


Complete Collections of Works and Early Biographies: Spanish  

Juan R. de Legisima, Lino Gomez Canedo (eds.) San Francisco de Asis: Sus Escritos, Las Florecillas, Biografias del Santo por Celano, San Buenaventura y Los Tres Companeros, Espejo de Perfeccion. 5th ed. Madrid: BAC, 1971. 

Jose Antonio Guerra (ed.) San Francisco de Asis : Escritos, Biografias, Documentos de la Epoca. Madrid: BAC, 1978.  

  Compiled by Anthony J. LoGalbo, OFM and Paul J. Spaeth

Franciscan Institute Library:
The Franciscan Institute ; St. Bonaventure University ; Friedsam Memorial Library