The World of St. Francis of Assisi: Essays in Honor of William R. Cook seeks to enrich our collective understanding of the world in which Francis lived and the ways in which Francis, together with his followers, has shaped the world ever since. Composed of thirteen essays by scholars from diverse academic disciplines, The World of St. Francis of Assisi considers Francis’s legacy in art, literature, and spirituality, and many of the contributions to the volume focus on the perennial application of Francis’s insights to the ills of contemporary society.
Contributors are Greg Ahlquist, William R. Cook, Alexandra Dodson, John K. Downey, Bradley R. Franco, John Hart, Ronald Herzman, Weston L. Kennison, Mary R. McHugh, Beth A. Mulvaney, Sara Ritchey and Daniel J. Schultz.
Bradley R. Franco is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Portland where he teaches courses on ancient and medieval history. His research focuses on the intersection of religion, politics, culture, and society in late medieval Italy. He has published on episcopal power in Siena and the role of legends in the creation of civic identity.
Beth A. Mulvaney is Professor of Art History at Meredith College where she teaches Art History and is Head of the Art Department. In addition to her research on the nuns of Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Venice and the art associated with that votive church, her scholarly interests include more generally the art of the Trecento and Quattrocento. She also has published on the frescoes of St. Francis at the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi, and Duccio’s Maestà of Siena.
All interested in the history of the Franciscan order, including Franciscan nuns and holy women, as well as legacy of St. Francis and the Franciscans in art, literature, spirituality, theology, and ecology.