Clare of Assisi: Early Documents - The Lady


Armstrong, Regis, O.F.M. Cap.|Clare of Assisi, Saint, 1194-1253




The documents contained in this book encompass almost all of the writings by or about Clare from 1212, the year of her entrance into the following of Francis, to 1263, the publication of the Major Life of Saint Francis by Saint Bonaventure.



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Francis and Clare of Assisi: Early Documents|Clare of Assisi: Early Documents


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Armstrong, Regis, O.F.M. Cap.

Born on Long Island, New York, Regis John Armstrong is a Capuchin Friar Minor and a world renowned expert on Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare of Assisi. He has authored nine books and many journal and encyclopedia articles as well as edited a number of other books related to his research. Fr. Armstrong earned a PhD in Historical Theology and Spirituality from Fordham University, and served his confreres in various positions of formation and administration. In addition to translating and editing Francis and Clare: The Complete Works, and three editions of Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, he was Editor-in-Chief of the four volume Francis of Assisi: Early Documents.


Clare of Assisi, Saint, 1194-1253

St. Clare of Assisi, Clare also spelled Clara, Italian Santa Chiara d’Assisi, (born July 16, 1194, Assisi, duchy of Spoleto [Italy]—died August 11, 1253, Assisi; canonized 1255; feast day August 11), abbess and founder of the Poor Clares (Clarissines). Deeply influenced by St. Francis of Assisi, Clare refused to marry, as her parents wished, and fled to the Porziuncola Chapel below Assisi. On March 18, 1212, Francis received her vows, and thus began the Second Order of St. Francis. Many joined Clare, including her mother and her sister St. Agnes of Assisi, and soon the Poor Clares were housed in the church and convent of San Damiano, near Assisi. Clare became abbess there in 1216. Her great concern was to obtain a rule reflecting the spirit of Francis to replace the Benedictine rule that Cardinal Ugolino (later Pope Gregory IX) had adapted for her order. Two days before she died Pope Innocent IV approved her definitive rule.

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