The Book of Chronicles (Prologue and the First Tribulation) - 379 

Major Legend seems to have been formed by Angelo's personal animosity to the Seraphic Doctor. Tragic figure that he is, Angelo Clareno continues to be a shadow figure in the contemporary understanding of Francis. His Book of Chronicles or of the Tribulations of the Order of Minors is one of its landmarks.

Notes

  1. For biographical material, cf. Gian Luca Potestà, "Gli studi su Angelo Clareno. Dal ritrovamento della raccolata epistolare alle recenti edizioni," Rivista di Storia e Letteratura Religiosa 25 (1989): 111-43; Felice Accrocca, "Angelo Clareno, testimone di Francesco. Testi sulla Vita del Santo e dei primi Frati contenuti nell 'Expositio Regulae Fratrum Minorum' e sconosciuti alle primitive fonti francescane," AFH 89 (1996): 615-27; idem, "I 'Miracula beati Angeli' (ms. Magliabecchi XXXIX, 75) e gli ultimi anni del Clareno in Basilicata," AFH 89 (1996): 615-27;
  2. Angelo recounts all these events in the fifth persecution or tribulation, cf. Liber Chronicarum sive Tribulationum Ordinis Minorum di Frate Angelo Clareno. Publicazioni della Biblioteca Francescana Chiese Nuova-Assisi. Edited by Giovanni Boccali, with introduction by Felice Accrocca and Italian translation by Marino Bigaroni (Santa Maria degli Angeli: Edizioni Porziuncola, 1998), 379-403.
  3. Cf. Felice Accrocca, "Pauperes Eremite Domini Celestini," AFH 84 (1991): 273-8.
  4. Cf. Clareno, Liber Chronicarum, 403.
  5. Cf. Clareno, Liber Chronicarum, 20-1. Other works include: Ad Alvarum Pelagium Apologia pro vita sua, ed. V. Doucet, AFH 39 (1946): 63-200; idem, Expositio super regulam Fratrum Minorum, ed. Giovanni Boccali, with introduction by Felice Accrocca and Italian translation by Marino Bigaroni (Sta. Maria degli Angeli, Assisi: Edizioni Porziuncola, 1995).
  6. Cf. supra 142.
  7. The editors have published only the Prologue and First Tribulation of The Book of Chronicles, that is, those sections that touch directly on Angelo's portrait of Saint Francis. Other insights into his knowledge of Francis, those coming from his Exposition on the Rule of the Lesser Brothers, are published in Related Documents, cf. infra 818-22.
  8. In talking about Bonaventure the only event that he considers significant is the trial conducted against John of Parma.
  9. Cf. Lorenzo DiFonzo, "L'Immagine di San Francesco negli Scritti degli Spirituali," Francesco D'Assisi nella Storia Secoli XII-XV, Attti del Primo Convegno di Studi per L'VIII Centenario della Nascita di S. Francesco (1182-1982), ed. Servus Gieben (Roma: Istituto Storico dei Cappuccini, 1983): 100-20.
  10. Cf. infra 17-9; supra 393-5.
  11. Cf. Duncan Nimmo, Reform and Division in the Medieval Franciscan Order: From Saint Francis to the Foundation of the Capuchins. Bibliotheca Seraphico-Capuccina 33 (Rome, Capuchin Historical Institute, 1987).

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