Poor maternity: Clare of Assisi's letters to Agnes of Prague

Clare Monagle*

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During the first half of the thirteenth century, Clare of Assisi and Agnes of Prague sustained a long epistolary relationship. Clare's part of the correspondence is extant, and reveals much about the intersection of the language of gendered piety and political ambition in this period. This article seeks, in particular, to place Clare's use of maternal imagery within the context of her attempts to build patronage networks in order to support her ambitions to secure the Privilege of Poverty for herself and her sisters, the right to live without landed endowments and claustration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-501
Number of pages12
JournalWomen's History Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2015


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