Select Bibliography

For those wishing to do further research, very complete bibliographies will be found in: Angelus Walz, Compendium Historiae Ordinis Praedicatorum, rev. ed. (Rome: Pontificium Athenaeum "Angelicum," 1948) and William A. Hinnebusch, The History of the Dominican Order (to 1500), 2 vols. (Staten Island, NY: Alba House, 1965-1973). For the total history, besides these two works, see Daniel Antonin Mortier, Histoire des Maitres Généraux, 8 tom. (Paris: A. Picard et Fils, 1920) and William A. Hinnebusch, The Dominicans: A Short History (Staten Island, NY: Alba House, 1975). The 1968 revision of the Book of Constitutions and Ordinations of the Order of Friars Preachers in English translation (Rome: General Curia, 1984) is also fundamental. The most complete collection of short biographies in English is Mary Jean Dorcy, Saint Dominic's Family: Lives and Legends (Dubuque, IA: Priory Press, 1963). The following are works available in English which illustrate the various centuries. Secondary sources are indented and follow the primary source to which they are relevant.


M.-H. Vicaire, St. Dominic and His Times (New York:McGraw-Hill, 1964). The definitive biography.

Leonard Von Matt and M.H. Vicaire, St. Dominic: A Pictorial Biography (Chicago: Regenry, 1957).

Saint Dominic: Biographical Documents (Washington, D.C.: Thomist Press, 1964), Francis C. Lehner, ed. and trans. This is essentially a translation of M.-H. Vicaire, O.P., Saint Dominique de Caleruega d áprès les documents du XIIIe siecle (Paris: Cerf, 1955) which, however, has more complete introduction and notes.

Early Dominicans: Selected Writings, Simon Tugwell, ed. and trans. (The Classics of Western Spirituality, New York: Paulist Press, 1982).

Jordan of Saxony, On the Beginnings of the Order of Preachers, Simon Tugwell, ed. and trans., Dominican Sources (Dublin: Parable, USA, and Springfield, IL: Templegate, 1982).

Aaron, Marguerite, Saint Dominic 's Successor (Bl. Jordan of Saxony) (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1955).

Mechtild of Magdeburg, The Revelations of Mechtild of Magdeburg or The Flowing Light of the Godhead, trans. by Lucy Menzies (London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1953), not complete.

Tournon, Antonin, The First Disciples of St. Dominic, adapted and enlarged by Victor F. O'Daniel (Washington, DC, The Dominicana: Frederick Pustet, 1928).

Weisheipl, James A., Friar Thomas D'Aquino, (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1974). Contains ample bibliography and listing of English translations of the works.


St. Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue, translated and introduced by Suzanne Noffke. (The Classics of Western Spirituality, New York: Paulist, 1980).

_____________ ,Prayers, translated by Suzanne Noffke, (New York: Paulist Press, 1983).

Levasti, Arrigo, My Servant Catherine (London: Blackfriars, 1954).

Meister Eckhart: The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises and Defense, translated and introduced by Edmund Colledge and Bernard McGinn. (The Classics of Western Spirituality, New York: Paulist, 1981).

Richard Woods, Eckhart's Way (The Way of the Christian Mystics, vol. 2, Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier, 1986), with good bibliography.

Suso, Henry, The Exemplar, 2 vols. (Dubuque, IA: Priory Press, 1962).

Tauler, John, Spiritual Conferences, ed. and translated by Edmund Colledge (Rockford, IL: Tan Books, 1978).


Ferrer, St. Vincent, A Christology from the Sermons of St. Vincent Ferrer, O.P., selected and trans. by S.M.C. (London: Blackfriars, 1954).

Ghéon, Henry, St. Vincent Ferrer (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1954).

Jarrett, Bede, S. Antonino and Medieval Economics (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1914).

Pope-Hennessy, John, Fra Angelico, 2nd ed. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1974).

Savonarola, Girolamo, The Compendium of Revelations in Apocalyptic Spirituality, ed. and introduced by Bernard McGinn (The Classics of Western Spirituality, New York: Paulist, 1979) pp 192-276.

_____________ ,The Triumph of the Cross, ed. with an introduction by John Proctor (London: Sands and Co., 1901).

Ridolfi, Roberto, The Life of Girolamo Savonarola, translated by Cecil Grayson, (New York: Knopf, 1959).

Wilms, Jerome, Lay Brother, Artist and Saint (Bl. James of Ulm) trans. by Sister M. Fulgence (London: Blackfriars, 1957).


Brown, James Scott, The Catholic Conception of Natural Law: Francis de Vitoria, Founder of the Modern Law of Nations, etc. (Washington, DC: Georgetown University, 1934).

Cano, Melchior, Victory Over Self, translated by E.J. Schuster, Cross and Crown, 8 (1956): 1-21, 141-161, 340-359.

Casas, Bartolomé de las, Bartolomé de las Casas: A Selection of His Writings, ed. and translated by George Sanderlin (New York: Knopf, 1971).

Bartolomé de las Casas in History, ed. by Juan Friede and Benjamin Keen (De Kalb: IL: Northern Illinois University, 1971).

St. Catherine de' Ricci, Selected Letters, ed., selected and introduced by Dominico Di Agresti, translated by Jennifer Petrie (Oxford: Dominican Sources in English, 1985).


Campanella, Thomas, The Defense of Galileo, ed. and translated by Grant McColley, Smith College Studies in History (Northampton, MA): 22 (34, April-July, 1937).

Chardon, Louis, The Cross of Jesus, 2 vols. (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1957).

Luis of Granada, Summa of the Christian Life, 3 vols. (St. Louis: Herder, 1954).

Morrell, Julienne, A Treatise on the Spiritual Life, a commentary and text of the work of St. Vincent Ferrer (Westminster, MD: Newman Press, 1951).

Oechslin, R.L., Louis of Granada (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1962).

Ridolfi, Nicholas, A Short Method of Mental Prayer, translated by Norbert Georges (New York: Bl. Martin Guild, 1952).

Sister Mary Alphonsus, O.SS.R., St. Rose of Lima: Patroness of the Americas (Rockford, IL: Tan Books, 1982).


Unfortunately, the best book on the "Desolation" has not been translated. It is:

Chapotin, M.-D., Le dernier prieur du dernier couvent (1734-1806) (Paris: Picard, 1893).

Flynn, L., Billuart in His Summa Sancti Thomae (London, Canada, 1938).

St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, trans. by Frederick William Faber (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1909).

Rigault, Georges, Bl. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (London: Burns Oates and Washbourne, 1932).


Burke, Thomas N., Lectures and sermons (New York: P.J. Kenedy, 1875).

Burton, Katherine, Difficult Star: The Life of Pauline Jaricot (New York: London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1947).

Devas, Raymund, The Dominican Revival in the Nineteenth Century (London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1913).

Drane, Augusta, A Memoir of Mother Francis Raphael (Augusta Theodosia Drane) with Some of Her Spiritual Notes and Letters, ed. by Bertrand Wilberforce, New ed. (London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1923).

Lacordaire, Henri, Essay on the Re-Establishment in France of the Order of Preachers (Dominican Sources in English, Dublin: Parable, 1983).

_____________ , Jesus Christ: Conferences Delivered at Notre Dame Cathedral (New York: P. O'Shea Publisher, 1885).

_____________ , Thought and Teachings of Lacordaire, (New York: Benziger, 1902).

Shephard, Lancelot C., Lacordaire: A Biographical Essay (New York: Macmillan, 1964).

McGloin, John Bernard, California's First Archbishop: The Life of Joseph Sadoc Alemany, O. P., 1814-1888 (New York: Herder and Herder, 1966).

Sister Mary Hortense Kohler with help of Mary Fulgence Frantz, Life and Works of Mother Benedicta Bauer (Milwaukee: Bruce, 1937).

Mazzuchelli, Samuel, Memoirs (Chicago: Priory Press, 1967).


Arintero, Juan G., The Mystical Evolution in the Development and Vitality of the Church, 2 vols. (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1949).

_____________ , Stages in Prayer (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1957).

_____________ , with Mother Mary Magdalene, C.P., Towards the Heights of Union with God (Erlanger, NY: Passionist Monastery).

Burton, Katherine, Sorrow Built a Bridge: A Daughter of Hawthorne (New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1937).

Congar, Yves, Lay people in the Church, rev. ed. (Westminster, MD: Newman, 1965).

_____________ , Tradition and Traditions (New York: Macmillan, 1967).

Gardeil, Ambroise, The Gifts of the Holy Ghost in Dominican Saints (Milwaukee: Bruce, 1937).

Garrigou-Lagrange, Reginald, Christian Perfection and Contemplation, translated by Sister Timothea Doyle (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1939).

_____________ , The Three Ages of the Interior Life, 2 vols., translated by Sister Timothea Doyle (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1948).

Gill, Eric, Autobiography (London: J. Cape, 1941).

_____________ , Social Justice and the Stations of the Cross (London: James Clarke, 1939).

Jarrett, Bede, An Anthology of Bede Jarrett, ed. by Jordan Aumann (Dubuque, IA: Priory Press, 1961).

_____________ , Meditations or Lavfolk (London: Catholic Truth Society, 1946).

Wykeham-George, Kenneth and Matthew, Gervaise, Bede Jarrett, O. P. (Westminster, MD: Newman, 1952).

McNabb, Vincent, A Father McNabb Reader, ed. by Francis Nugent (New York: P. J. Kenedy and Sons, 1954).

_____________ , Old Principles and the New Order (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1942).

Valentine, Ferdinand, Father Vincent McNabb (Westminster, MD: Newman).

Jean-Pierre Jossua, Yves Congar: Theologian in the Service of God's People (Chicago: Priory Press, 1968).

Schillebeeckx, Edward, Christ, the Sacrament of Encounter with God (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1963).

Sertillanges, Antonin S., The Intellectual Life (Westminster, MD: Newman, 1947).

_____________ , What Jesus Saw from the Cross (London: Burns Oates and Washbourne, 1937).