Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance Hardback

Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance

by Catherine M. Mooney;


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Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance

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In a work based on a meticulous analysis of sources, many of them previously unexplored, Catherine M. Mooney upends the received account of Clare of Assisi's founding of the Order of San Damiano, or Poor Clares. Mooney offers instead a stark counternarrative: Clare, her sisters of San Damiano, and their allies struggled against a papal program bent on regimenting, enriching, and enclosing religious women in the thirteenth century, a program that proved largely successful. Mooney demonstrates that Clare (1194-1253) established a single community that was soon cajoled, perhaps even coerced, into joining an order previously founded by the papacy. Artfully renaming it after Clare's San Damiano with Clare as its putative mother, Pope Gregory IX enhanced his order's cachet by associating it also with Clare's famous friend, Francis of Assisi. Mooney traces how Clare and her allies in other houses attempted to follow Francis's directives rather than the pope's, divested themselves of property against the pope's orders, and organized in an attempt to change papal rule; and she shows how, after Francis's death, the women's relationships with the Franciscans themselves grew similarly fraught.
Clare's pursuit of her vision proved relentless: at the time of her death, she newly identified her community as the Order of Poor Sisters and allied it unambiguously with Francis and his friars. Overturning another myth, Mooney reveals how only in the late nineteenth century did Clare come to be known as the sole author of a rule she had written collaboratively with others. Throughout, the story of Clare and her sisters emerges as a chapter in the long history of women who tried to define their religious identities within a Church more committed to unity and conformity than to diversity and difference.

Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance by Catherine M. Mooney was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in July 2016. The ISBN for Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance is 9780812248173.

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Page last updated 7th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press (July 2016)
Weight590g
Number of Pages344
Thickness28 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780812248173
ISBN-100812248171
Product Code4492364
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