Medieval scholar Marco Bartoli, as translated by Clare
scholar Sister Frances Teresa Downing, reconstructs the charismatic personality
of Clare of Assisi, a great medieval figure whose voice has been heard through
the ages. Bartoli explores what has been said about Clare and what has not been
said, between evidence and interpretation, between silence and memory, using the
most important source for knowing Clare, the Legenda sanctae Clarae virginis
(The Legend of Saint Clare the Virgin), written by order of the pope on the
occasion of Clare's canonisation.