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Clare of Assisi: A Biographical Study
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Although it is frequently said that Clare followed Francis, the story of Clare begins with a call from God and her response, which came from an inward gaze. The starting point of Clare's life was the God she found dwelling within her flesh, a God whose traces, later in time, she came to recognize in Francis. Clare's vision, greatness, and sanctity need to be considered in the context of the large cultural and religious movement of holy women of the Middle Ages, who were leading saintly lives in diverse places, many in their domestic settings. Clare was one of these holy women in an era known for the 'feminization of sanctity.' Clare's sainthood is valid in her own right without a Francis of Assisi. -- from the author's Introduction.
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