Francis himself wrote scarcely anything. And I, Francis is based on those small writings, on the earliest accounts of Francis’s life, and on other historical writings, and is partly my invention. The text is a response to Kathleen Frugé Brown’s paintings.
Where Francis’s own writings are quoted between the novella’s chapters, I have used the translations in Francis and Clare: The Complete Works (Paulist Press) and St. Francis of Assisi, Writings and Early Biographies: English Omnibus of the Sources for the Life of St. Francis (Franciscan Herald Press), in a few instances combining elements of different translations and making minor changes for the sake of clarity and consistency. I have tried to be faithful to the Francis who emerges for me from the morass of canonization and legend.