Interpreting Francis and Clare of Assisi: from the Middle Ages to the Present

Francis of Assisi (1181–1226) and Clare of Assisi (1194–1253) were two close friends who, through the intensity of their devotion, inspired generations of men and women to rediscover the meaning of the Gospel.

The editors demonstrate how the original vision of Francis and Clare has been understood, whether by their disciples in medieval and early modern Europe, or by their admirers in the modern world, such as the Australian artist Arthur Boyd (1929–1999), and show how we learn about the enduring character of their message and example.

CONSTANT J MEWS gained his doctorate at Oxford University and also studied in Paris. He is the director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology and a professor of the school of philosophy, historical and international studies at Monash University.

CLAIRE RENKEN earned her PhD in art history from Rutgers. During the 1990s she lectured in art history at the University of Massachusetts. Since 2001, Claire has lectured in art history and spirituality at Yarra Theological Union, which is a part of the Melbourne College of Divinity.