ALBIZZI, BARTOLOMEO (Lat. Bartholomæus
Albicius Pisanus): Franciscan monk; b. at Rivano, Tuscany; d. at Pisa Dec. 10, 1401. He became a celebrated preacher, and taught theology
in several monasteries, chiefly at Pisa. He wrote
a famous book, Liber conformitatum vitæ Sancti
Francisci cum vita Jesu Christi, which was approved by the general chapter of his order in 1399
and was first printed at Venice toward the close of
the fifteenth century. It is of great value for the
history of the Franciscans, but is marred by exaggerations and lack of judgment and good taste
(e.g., he states that Francis was foretold in the Old
Testament by prototypes and prophecies, that he
performed miracles and prophesied, and that he
was crucified and is exalted above the angels).
In subsequent editions many passages were modified or omitted. Erasmus Alber made it
the basis of his Barfüsser Mönche Eulenspiegel und
Alcoran (published at Wittenberg, with an introduction by Luther, 1542). Albizzi published also
sermons and a life of the Virgin Mary (Venice, 1596).