Chronicler of the Order

"Of all the source materials concerning the life of St. Dominic and the origins of the Dominican Order, Jordan of Saxony's work is not only the earliest, but is also the most authentic. It has, …More
"Of all the source materials concerning the life of St. Dominic and the origins of the Dominican Order, Jordan of Saxony's work is not only the earliest, but is also the most authentic. It has, therefore, influenced all subsequent works on the Order. Happily, Blessed Jordan's authorship is beyond question. In him we have a firsthand witness and a first-class writer, for he was, on the one hand, a Master of Arts and a grammarian, and, on the other, St. Dominic's contemporary and his immediate successor as Master General of the Order. Jordan wrote his work sometime between December 25, 1231 (date of the death of Bishop Foulques of Toulouse) and the canonization of St. Dominic on July 3, 1234; probably during 1233. There were apparently two editions of Blessed Jordan's Libellus, the second being enriched by some few additional details. The account of the transference of St. Dominic's remains, however, is of a different nature. It was written by Blessed Jordan after he had personally …More
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