Clare of Assisi: Gentle Warrior by Wendy Murray

 This is a luminous book befitting Saint Clare, who has long been overshadowed by her friend, Saint Francis. A beautiful girl from a noble family, Clare was destined for an arranged marriage, but she rebelled and decided to follow St Francis, whom she had often secretly met, into a religious life of chastity, obedience and poverty. She defied her family and a few Popes to try to obtain her own Rule. She didn't want to live under the Benedictine Rule which allowed for 'ownership of property and other privileges and protections'. Clare endured great hardships, eventually becoming bedridden. Even this didn't defeat her great spirit, however.

The story I liked the best was when Clare stood up to the Saracen army. It is almost unbelievable, but it has been confirmed to be true.d

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