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Conclusion The True Daughters Of Francis And Clare

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In his history of the Order of Saint Clare, Mariano of Florence wrote that Francis was reluctant to govern the growing Damianite movement because he worried that scandal would result if the friars appeared overly familiar with women. Tension between the Friars Minor and Clarisses confronts anyone studying female Franciscanism in the later Middle Ages. The historical importance of Clare of Assisi resides in her efforts to translate Francis' ideals into a form of life for enclosed women. Clare always insisted on a connection with the friars because she understood that evangelical poverty was the core of their shared vocation and the ideals of the Franciscan movement. Mariano's description of the Clarisses as "true daughters of Saint Francis and Saint Clare" is ultimately more subtle than he would have realized.

Keywords: Clare of Assisi; female Franciscanism; Friars Minor; Saint Clare; Saint Francis



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