Thomas of Celano, his first biographer, speaks in very severe terms of Francis's youth.
Certain it is that the saint's early life gave no presage of the golden years that were to come.
However this may be, he was not very studious, and his literary education remained incomplete.
Although associated with his father in trade, he showed little liking for a merchant's career, and his parents seemed to have indulged his every whim.
Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181 or 1182 -- the exact year is uncertain; died there, 3 October, 1226.Francis received some elementary instruction from the priests of St.George's at Assisi, though he learned more perhaps in the school of the Troubadours, who were just then making for refinement in Italy.Isabel herself never entered the cloister, but from 1260 (or 1263) she followed the rules in her own home near by.Isabel was not altogether satisfied with the first rule drawn up, and therefore submitted through the agency of her brother Louis IX, who had also secured the confirmation of the first rule, a revised rule to Urban IV .