Clare of Assisi and the Poor Sisters in the Thirteenth Century

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The volume aims to contextualise the relationship between Clare of Assisi and the Roman Church. In the creation of the new Order of S. Damiano, cardinal Hugo (Hugolino) of Ostia played a fundamental role, hitherto little considered by historiography: the examination of his work as a cardinal legate (1217-1221) and then as Pope Gregory IX (1227-1241) makes it possible to focus the institutional innovations introduced by him in shaping the regular female life. His attempt to create a new female religious Order under the direct responsibility of the papacy had to deal with the determination of Clare and her sisters, who decided to follow only the example of Francis and his friars.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Franciscan Institute - St. Bonaventure University
Number of pages232
ISBN (Print)1-57659-195-6
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Br. Elias of Cortona
  • Chiara d'Assisi
  • Clare of Assisi
  • Francesco d'Assisi
  • Francis of Assisi
  • Gregorio IX
  • Honorius III
  • Poor Sisters
  • Roman Church in 13 Century
  • Sorelle povere
  • Sorores minores
  • frate Elia di Cortona
  • pope Gregory IX


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