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The Ordo That Gregory IX Founded: Clare Among Other Ugolinian Sisters

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This chapter examines four Italian monasteries that eventually accepted property and therefore distinguished themselves from those monasteries who petitioned for and retained the "privilege of poverty". These four monasteries give a sense of the legislation as well as some of the local dynamics that affected early Ugolinian sisters. Since Clare's monastery was part of the Ugolinian federation, studying monasteries without the "privilege of poverty" gives a fuller sense of the issues and lives of the nuns who formed this federation. In an August 18, 1228, circular letter, Cardinal Rainaldo, the cardinal protector of the Ugolinian sisters under Gregory IX, listed the sisters included in the Ugolinian Order. The circumstances of four Ugolinian monasteries are different, general observations can be made concerning the ordo founded by Cardinal Ugolino.

Keywords: Clare; Gregory IX; ordo; privilege of poverty; Ugolinian monasteries

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