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The Monastery Of S. Damiano

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Clare and the sisters of S. Damiano were part of a larger thirteenth century "women's movement" that sprang up throughout all of Europe and manifested itself in differing local expressions. Clare's process of canonization contains a wealth of material regarding Clare's life within the S. Damiano monastery. Pacifica stated that when Clare asked her sisters to do something, she did this with great humility, wishing that she herself might do what she was asking of her sister. The Legend of Clare develops the political context of the episode at S. Damiano asserting that it was at the order of Frederick II that soldiers and Saracen archers depopulated the villages of Spoleto and spoiled its cities. The sisters were particularly concerned to speak with the interrogators regarding Clare's efforts to obtain the "privilege of poverty" for S. Damiano.

Keywords: canonization; Clare; monastery; S. Damiano



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