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Studies in Early Franciscan Sources book series begins

Franciscan Institute Publications has launched a new book series called Studies in Early Franciscan Sources with the publication of three titles:

The Writings of Francis – Letters and Prayers
The Writings of Francis – Rules, Testament and Admonitions
The Writings of Clare – Letters, Form of Live, Testament and Blessing


Three of the world’s top scholars in medieval and Franciscan studies are editing this series. They are Michael J. Blastic, Jay M. Hammond,  and Wayne Hellmann. In addition to their own commentaries, they have assembled an impressive list of commentaries on the Early Documents of Francis and Clare from other top scholars, including Luigi Pellegrini, Cap., Jean-François Godet-Calogeras,  Michael F. Cusato,  Laurent Gallant, William J. Short, Ingrid Peterson, and Lezlie Knox. These commentaries will become “must have” reading for any scholar, student or interested lay person in the Early Documents of Francis and of Clare.

Lawrence S. Cunningham, the John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, described these volumes as “… a rich resource of understanding Francis and Clare … which stand as a complement to the earlier volumes.” Jacques Dalarun, senior researcher at the Institut de recherché et d’histori des texts in Paris, France, called these books, “… an exciting new collection…”


The books are being published simultaneously as hardcover and tradepaper editions.  Books can be ordered from and other retailers, or from Franciscan Institute Publications at or by phone at 716-375-2062.

Source: St.Bonaventure University