Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction

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pp. vii-xi

Building on the scholarly research of the last half of the twentieth century, the first decade of the twenty-first century has provided new translations of the writings of Clare into modern languages. In the English speaking world, the volume, Clare of Assisi: Early Documents...

Dedication

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pp. xii-xii

Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xv

Contributors

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pp. xvi-xviii

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Clare of Assisi’s Lette rs to Agnes of Prague:Testaments of Fidelity

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pp. 19-60

In 1982 the name of Clare of Assisi (1193-1253) emerged onto the front pages of Franciscan scholarship in the English-speaking world with the publication of Francis and Clare: The Complete Works, edited and translated by Regis J. Armstrong and Ignatius Brady in the Paulist Press Classics of Western Spirituality series.1 I. Omaechevarria’s...

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The Form of Life of the Poor Ladies

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pp. 61-108

With the bull Solet annuere, issued on August 9, 1253, Pope Innocent IV approved Clare of Assisi’s forma vitae.1 Clare had begun the work of composing her form of life – her rule – several years earlier, only after the pope reluctantly admitted that his new legislation for the enclosed...

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The Testament of Clare

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pp. 109-134

The Testament of Clare describes both the foundation of and the commitments for the way of life of the Poor Sisters of San Damiano. Foundationally, it describes the life that Clare and her sisters lived out in the turbulent years spanning their origin in 1211, with Clare’s conversion...

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Clare’s Blesing

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pp. 135-148

At the end of her Testament, Clare announced a blessing for all her sisters:
So that it would be better observed, I am leaving you, my dearest and beloved sisters, present and to come, this writing as a sign of the blessing of the Lord and of our most blessed father...