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The life of Clare of Assisi and her monastery of sisters at S. Damiano in Assisi is pivotal to the history of the Franciscan movement. Clare accompanied Francis from the beginning of his ministry and survived him by more than twenty-five years. She persisted in the face of a deposition of a minister general who she greatly respected, tightening canonical legislation not always sympathetic to her wishes to follow the Poor Christ, and creeping clericalism within the Franciscan Order. All these challenges Clare faced with joy and courage, determined to follow the path that Francis had taught her. In the later third of the twentieth century, collections and translations of the Clare corpus built upon and continued the archival work. The author's work has been a literary study of Clare's letters, while Jaroslav Polc, Alfonso Marini, and Christian-Frederik Felskau's studies have focused on Clare's dialogue partner, Agnes of Prague.

Keywords: Assisi; Clare; Francis; Franciscan movement



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