Introduction to Clare of Assisi: Early Documents - 34 

hagiographical texts affords the reader and the student of Clare's life more user-friendly cross-references. These tools are based on those of Giovanni Boccali and Marino Bigaroni, whose scrupulous examination of the Acts of the Process of Canonization, Versified Legend, and Legend of Saint Clare has prompted scholars to look at these documents differently.

Finally, this third edition follows the format of the series, Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, by gathering all related documents together in one section. The "Related Documents" of Clare of Assisi: Early Documents present, first of all, the papal documents that form a dossier pertaining to the Order of St. Damian, that is, those decrees of Popes Honorius III, Gregory IX, and Innocent IV that recent scholarship understand as influencing those religious women eager to follow the example of Clare and the Poor Ladies of San Damiano. Following this section are two others that resemble documents found in Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, those Franciscan and non-Franciscan witnesses to Clare and her sisters.

In addition to the names of so many scholars whose names appear repeatedly throughout the footnotes, I would be remiss if I were not to highlight the contributions of Francis Teresa Downing of the Poor Clare foundation in Hollington, England, and Agnes Van Baer and of the Poor Clare Monastery in Campbelltown, Australia. Both women read these documents with great sensitivity and their insightful suggestions added significantly to more refined translations. In this vein, Campion Murray, O.F.M., supplemented the work of Dominic Monti, O.F.M., by adding papal documents that scholars have judged important. John Eudes Bamberger, O.S.C.O., and Michael Casey, O.S.C.O., offered me invaluable insights into the monastic literature, vocabulary, and legislation of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Lezlie Knox joined this generous team at the eleventh hour, made observations, and offered suggestions from the larger perspective of medieval women religious. The indefatigable Ingrid Peterson, O.S.F., was never more than an email or a telephone call away, always ready to contribute. Her insights, depth of knowledge, and love of English and, more, of Clare inspired, strengthened, and energized all of us involved in this third edition, most especially me. I also owe a debt of gratitude to my confrere, Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., who graciously gave permission for the use of the Preface; to Patrick Markey, formerly of New City Press, who never lost sight of his dream to have Clare together with Francis in the same series; and Gary Brandl also of New City Press who, more recently, managed to keep me on course. Finally to Noel Riggs, who, as always, was present to support and help; John and Vicki Chiment, untiring and scrupulous proof-readers, and to Luke Patrick O'Connell, who, in his Esto Vir style, took on the unenviable task of the Index.

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