Creating Clare of Assisi: Female Franciscan Identities in Later Medieval Italy (Medieval Franciscans)

Creating Clare of Assisi: Female Franciscan Identities in Later Medieval Italy (Medieval Franciscans)

Lezlie S Knox


prior scholarship has characterised woman Franciscanism as an establishment validated via Clare of Assisi in collaboration with Saint Francis. This realizing is anachronistic, in spite of the fact that, and overlooks the extra complex disputes over what it intended for enclosed ladies to have a mendicant vocation. This booklet clarifies Clare s contributions to those debates via distinguishing the old determine from the makes use of made from her legacy via the papacy, the Friars Minor, and, most significantly, the enclosed sisters among the 13th and 15th centuries. by way of analyzing the variety of girl groups and their complex institutional formation in medieval Italy, it examines how and while Clare was once appropriated as a version of non secular authority via the ladies to form their id as Franciscans."

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