The Writings of Francis of Assisi
Rules, Testament and Admonitions
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications
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Building on the scholarly research of the last half of the twentieth century, the first decade of the twenty-first century has provided new translations of the writings of Francis and Clare into modern languages. In the English speaking world, the three volumes Francis of Assisi...
The Rule of the Leser Brothers: The Earlier Rule, Fragments , Later Rule, The Rule for Hermitages
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He called it their Book of Life, the hope of salvation, the marrow of the Gospel, the way of perfection, the key of Paradise, the pact of an eternal covenant. He wanted all to have it, all to know it, in all places to let it speak to the inner man as encouragement in weariness and as a reminder of a sworn oath. He...
Fragments of an Earlier Rule
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Besides the texts of the Earlier Rule and the Later Rule, we have citations or allusions to a text of the Rule that does not correspond exactly with either the ER or the LR. These are found in three sources: a single manuscript of the Cathedral of Worcester in England;1 the...
The Rule for Hermitages or On Staying Religiously in Hermitages
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Among the writings of Francis we have some brief instructions for a religious way of life for his brothers staying in hermitages. These sketch in a general way the structure of a contemplative life in silence and solitude. Over the centuries this way of life has been revived at...
The Testament of Brother Francis (1226)
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This essay provides the reader with an overview of scholarship on Francis’s Testament. Hopefully it will provide assistance on how one might approach and interpret the text. There are four sections: (1) the first section attempts to establish the text by presenting the fruit of nearly...
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The following essay analyzes the Admonitions. The first two sections by Michael Blastic describe the manuscript tradition, its status, editions and questions regarding authorship and genre. Section three by Jay Hammond examines the Admonitions’ historical context, textual structure...
Page Count: 336
Publication Year: 2011
Volume Title: II
Series Title: Studies in Early Franciscan Sources
Series Editor Byline: Michael W. Blastic, Jay Hammond and Wayne Hellmann