Clare of Assisi - Clare's Letters to Agnes: Texts and Sources (Clare resources series)

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In 1234, a princess of the royal Premyslid family of Bohemia, Agnes of Prague, rejected an offer of engagement from the German emperor Frederick II and became a Franciscan. Following the example of her cousin Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Agnes used her royal dowry to found a hospital for the needs of the poor in Prague. Written between 1234 - 1253, Clare of Assisi's letters to Agnes of Prague document a pivotal episode in the history of medieval women. While the Franciscan brothers, because of their increasing clerical status, struggled to balance charismatic grace with clerical mission, the sisters who followed Clare attempted to retain the essentials of Francis''s initial inspiration. Clare's letters must therefore be translated, read and pondered in context. The purpose of this text is to insert Clare's letters more fully into their original milieu and to study the sources behind these letters that bring their history, spirituality and theology to light.

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Joan Mueller, O.S.F., is a Franciscan Sister of Joy and an associate professor of systematic theology and Christian spirituality at Creighton University. She served as the historical consultant to the movie Francesco, an official Vatican sponsored jubilee project, which premiered in Assisi, Italy, on May 28, 2000.

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