Francis of Assisi: Early Documents was a collaborative effort of English-speaking Franciscans. The editors, Regis J. Armstrong, O.F.M. Cap., J. A. Wayne Hellmann, O.F.M. Conv., and William J. Short, O.F.M., worked with translators, scholars, and technicians to publish new translations of texts about Francis in the early Franciscan tradition. Many of these texts had been published in critical, scholarly European editions, but were not available in English. In some instances, these texts are available for the first time in English translation; in all instances, they have been annotated in light of recent scholarship.