By Joan Mueller
ISBN: 978 90 04 18216 5
Clare of Assisi: Life, Writings and Spirituality examines Clare not merely as an obedient footnote to the friars, but as a Franciscan founder in her own right who kept primitive Franciscan ideals alive into the middle of the thirteenth century and transposed them into a woman’s key. Bringing together the best of international research, the text examines Clare’s importance within the early Franciscan milieu and her contribution to the thirteenth-century women’s movement. It studies the radicalism of Clare’s Franciscan choice, her life within the Monastery of San Damiano, her politicking with Agnes of Prague for the ‘privilege of poverty,’ and her uniqueness among other women in Gregory IX’s Damianite ordo. Following this historical study are critical translations and literary analyses of Clare’s four letters to Agnes of Prague as well as a new translation and commentary on Clare’s Forma Vitae.