Dennis, M., Nangle, O. J., Moe-Lobeda, C., & Taylor, S. (1993). St. Francis and the Foolishness of God. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.
St. Francis and the Foolishness of God is a biography of St. Francis of Assisi. The authors have tried to imitate Francis on his walk of life, with each chapter pertaining to his beliefs about a particular subject, such as community or suffering. The book was helpful when I was researching Francis’ beliefs about creation. It provided details and quotes in relation not only to his adult life after he became a monk, but also provided a glimpse of his childhood. This source is biased only in the fact that the authors are Catholics who wish to bring their readers closer to God. For this reason, their writing may not be strictly objective.
Francis of Assisi. (2010, 11 04). Retrieved 11 05, 2010, from Wikipedia: HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi
Wikipedia provided a good starting point. Giving a brief summary, this site provided much of St. Francis’ biographical information. The goal of Wikipedia was to give a brief overview of who St. Francis was, and his important contributions. The information was straight-forward facts so it was non-biased. This source was a helpful starting point in my research. I was able to get an idea of where to go next, based on his major contributions.
Irvine, W. B. (2009). A Guide to the Good Life. New York: Oxford University Press.
This book did not provide me with information about St. Francis himself, but is sited in my paper because Seneca’s ideas which are explained in A Guide to the Good Life, parallel St. Francis’ in some ways. The novel is written by a present day author, who outlines the principles of stoicism. Irvine is a stoic, so the novel is not purely objective, but biased in favor of stoicism. Irvine’s ideas about the luxuries of life are similar to those of St. Francis’, so the book was helpful in assisting me in making those comparisons.
Nations, U. (2010, 11 08). UNESCO World Heritage. Retrieved 11 08, 2010, from Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco: HYPERLINK "http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/990" http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/990
The World Heritage website lists and explains each of the world heritage sites, separated by country. It also includes qualifications for becoming a world heritage site. The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is a designated World Heritage Site and is listed on the website. Therefore, the site was helpful for me to collect information regarding the site. It is non-biased and was a helpful source that provided me with information regarding a place we will actually see in Assisi.
Robinson, t. b. (1905). Sacred-texts. Retrieved 11 05, 2010, from The Writings of St. Francis of Assisi: HYPERLINK "http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/wosf/index.htm" http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/wosf/index.htm
This website is actually a book that was translated in 1905. It was put on the web and includes St. Francis’ actual works. The site is broken down into parts that progress from rules, to letters, to prayers of St. Francis. This source was the most helpful when I was conducting research because it contained so much of St. Francis’ actual writings. I was able to read what Francis actually wrote rather than a biography. The information I got here was also the most accurate because it did come straight from St. Francis, assuming that the translator did so correctly.
Spoto, D. (2002). Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi. New York, NY: Penguin Group.
This source was another biography written about St. Francis of Assisi. The book was organized by time period, with each chapter depicting a range of years in Francis’ life. From this source, I was able to obtain information that supplemented some of my main points in my paper. This book tried to capture not only events in Francis’ life, but also his personality and character. Because of this, I felt like I “knew” St. Francis better than simply reading facts about him, or works that he had written.