Rev. Armstrong, a Capuchin Friar Minor and a world renowned expert on Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare of Assisi, has authored nine books and many journal and encyclopedia articles as well as edited a number of other books. He taught at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome; the Franciscan Institute of Saint Bonaventure University, Olean, New York; and the Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury, England-where he served for 10 years as a governor.
This three-volume set is a new and more complete publication that provides a manageable and accessible translation of the extant texts from the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries that present the life and writings of Francis of Assisi and situates the Franciscan texts within the Christian tradition and context of their day.
New translations to chronicle the life of Saint Clare. Writings and related primary sources, revised and new introductions from earlier editions, as well as previously unpublished documents. Clare's Letters, Testament, and Blessing; papal texts that prompted Clare to write her own Form of Life; biographical writings about Clare; a dossier of documents, many translated into English for the first time, from the papacies of Honorius III, Gregory IX, and Innocent IV.