Religion: Brother Francis' Little Plant

Clare Scifi was wellborn. Her father was the Count of Sasso-Rosso, the wealthy scion of an ancient Roman family, who owned a sizable palace at Assisi and a castle on Mt. Subasio. Clare was beautiful, with long golden hair, and it was not surprising that when she was 153 most eligible young man asked for her hand in marriage. But Clare said no; she wished to consecrate herself to God. Her parents hoped she would grow out of it.

The Back Door, at Night. In 1212, when Clare was about 18, a strange and pious youth named Francis, the son of...

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