Francis of Assisi and his Order

Translated by David Burr, History Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.


Francis and his order add up to a big, complex subject. All the documents in the Heresy and Inquisition collection deal with the Franciscan order in the early 1300s, a century after its founding. For Francis himself and the beginnings of the order, see:

Thomas of Celano's First and Second Lives of Saint Francis
The Testament of Saint Francis
The Franciscan Rule of 1223