The Franciscans, founded in the first half of the 13th century, remained a juridically united religious order until 1517. The division of the order into the Conventuals and the Friars Minor, anticipated in part since ca. 1415, was fully legalized on May 29, 1517. Another autonomous branch was formed in 1528 and eventually became known as the Capuchins. The name Franciscans, while applicable to each of the three autonomous orders, is more commonly used today to refer to the Friars Minor. Works by the undivided order before 1517 and works by the Friars Minor are found under Franciscans. Works by the Capuchins and by the Conventuals are found under: Capuchins or Conventuals.
Catholic encyclopedia online, 31 July 2015 (Franciscan Order; three orders founded by St. Francis: the Friars Minor (First order), the Poor Ladies or Clares (Second order), and the Brothers and Sisters of Penance (Third order); the foundation of the Friars Minor dates from 1209; the foundation of the Poor Ladies is said to have been 1212; the third order traditionally was founded in 1221)
Documentos para la historia de la Orden Franciscana en América Central, 1986.
Dokumenty, otnosi?a︡shchiesi?a︡ k istorii Frant?s︡iskanskogo ordena v Rossii ..., 2003 verso t.p. (Franciscan Order) p. 3 (Ordena sv. Frant?s︡iska) p. 4 (Frant?s︡iskant?s︡y)
Franziskanisches Leben im Mittelalter, 1994 p. 5, etc. (Minoriten) p. 71 (fratres minores)
Grande encic. Delta Lar. (Frades Menores (Ordem dos), also known as Ordem Franciscana or Ordem dos Franciscanos)
Its Constituciones generales ... 1891 t.p. (La Orden de los Frailes Menores)
Jaboatão, A. de S.M. Novo orbe serafico brasilico ... 1980 t.p. (Frades Menores)
Klasztory bernardyńskie w Polsce w jej granicach historycznych, 1985 throughout the book (Bernardyni)
Mistretta, M.B. Francesco, architetto di Dio, c1983 t.p. (Ordine dei minori)
Mouvements franciscains et société française ... c1984 p. 7 (Frères mineurs) p. 9 (Franciscains)
New Cath. encyc. index (Franciscan Recollects) v. 6, p. 43 (a 16th cent. reform movement within the Franciscans; 1595 given own constitutions; 1637 given own vicar-general; 1897 reunited with main Franciscans (O.F.M.))
O Culto de Santo António na região de Lisboa, 1981 cover (Família Franciscana)
Ordo Fratrum Minorum home page, May 14, 2007 (Ordo Fratrum Minorum; Order of Friars Minor; Ordine dei Frati Minori; Orden de Frailes Menores) http://www.ofm.org
Romag, D. A Ordem dos Frades Menores, 1953 t.p. (Ordem dos Frades Menores)