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LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS, THE

Also called Fioretti. A collection of stories about the life of St. Francis of Assisi and his companions. It cannot be traced to a single author, but one part at least has been attributed to a provincial of the Friars Minor, Fra. Ugolino Brunforte. The earliest manuscript dated 1390 is in Berlin. First printed at Vicenza in 1476, the vernacular translation was widely circulated and is considered a masterpiece of Italian literature. There are several English versions.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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