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Saint Clare of Assisi (sometimes spelled ClairClaire) (July 16th, 1194 – August 11th, 1253); born Chiara Offreduccio, is an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the </span>Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order] for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life—the first monastic rule known to have been written by a woman. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honor as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares.