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The Franciscan Choice

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Clare's family, as well as the other aristocratic families encircling the Church of S. Rufino, ran for their lives as common citizens burned and ransacked their ancestral homes. It is possible that Francis himself, being a merchant's son whose livelihood benefited from newfound commune freedoms, participated both in the razing of the Rocca and perhaps even the destruction of Clare's home. One might organize the significant data useful for the historical study of the life of Clare of Assisi into four categories. The letters to Agnes of Prague contain intimate knowledge of the struggles of the monasteries of Prague and Assisi and express the concerns and decisions of early Franciscan women forced to contend with juridical issues. Although Clare says nothing about her life in the Offreduccio household in her writings, the process of canonization offers direct testimony concerning Clare's youth.

Keywords: Assisi; canonization; Clare; Francis; Franciscan; Offreduccio; Prague



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