FRANCIS OF ASSISI AND
BONAVENTURE’S THEOLOGY OF THE CROSS
Noel Muscat OFM
The way in which Bonaventure of Bagnoregio presents the figure of Saint Francis in the Legenda Maior Sancti Francisci is strongly enigmatic.1 In a sense, Bonaventure knew very well the biographical sources of the life of Francis, particularly those by Thomas of Celano and Julian of Speyer. He also sought to meet personally with those companions of the Saint who were still alive in 1260.