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From Osma To Bologna, From Canons To Friars, From The Preaching To The Preachers: The Dominican Path Towards Mendicancy

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Francis of Assisi had found his way out of what we might today call post-traumatic stress syndrome. After being captured and imprisoned for a year following the Perugians' defeat of the Assisi commune, he attempted to go to Apulia to resume his quest for knighthood, but became ill after a day's journey. Since women in the gospels cared for Jesus and his disciples, as well as the early apostles, the incorporation of women as caretakers was even argued to be a more perfect form of religious life than one that was segregated. Reacting to the burgeoning varieties of religious life flowing from the charismatic piety of the late twelfth century, conservative, canonical voices wished to reestablish order. After the death of Clare, relationships between the friars and sisters continued to be worked out in local contexts under the supervision a common cardinal protector.

Keywords:Clare; female mendicancy; Francis of Assisi



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