Francis of Assisi: The Prophet

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Francis of Assisi: The Prophet

Early Documents: Volume III
J. A. Wayne Hellmann, O.F.M. Conv.
William J. Short, O.F.M
    About the book

    The Prophet is the third volume of the long-awaited and best-selling project Francis of Assisi: Early Documents.

    The Prophet contains:

    • A Book of the Praises of Saint Francis by Bernard of Besse
    • The Versified Life of Saint Francis by Henri d'Avranches
    • A Collection of Sayings of the Companions of Blessed Francis
    • The Tree of the Crucified Life of Jesus
    • A Mirror of the Perfection
    • The Book of Chronicles or of the Tribulations of the Order of Lesser Ones by Angelo Clareno
    • The Deeds of Blessed Francis and His Companions by Ugolino Boniscambi
    • The Little Flowers of Saint Francis
    • Liturgical Texts for the Feast of the Stigmata of Saint Francis
    • The Kinship of Saint Francis by Arnald of Sarrant
    • Related Documents

    Although its painstaking introductions and annotations are intended for scholars, the readings themselves are as vibrant, accessible, instructive and charming as St. Francis himself must have been.


    This is a magnificent collection of texts which illuminate the person of Saint Francis and the beginnings of the Franciscan Order. The translators provide a wonderful balance between fluent language and scholarly apparatus.

    Brian Patrick McGuire
    Roskilde University, Denmark

    About the author

    Born on Long Island, New York, Regis John Armstrong is a Capuchin Friar Minor and a world renowned expert on Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi and Saint Bonaventure. He has authored or edited a number of books and many journal and encyclopedia articles related to his research. Fr. Armstrong earned a PhD in Historical Theology and Spirituality from Fordham University,  has taught at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome and, more recently, at The Catholic University of America where he is now emeritus professor of theology and religious studies.