This web database aims at providing in-depth information on Poor Clares, female Franciscan Tertiaries and aligned groups from the thirteenth through the eighteenth centuries, giving scholars and interested outsiders i.) a bibliographical overview of the scholarship done thus far in the field of ‘female Franciscan studies’, ii.) a descriptive ‘geographical’ dictionary of all traceable female Franciscan communities with adequate references, and; iii.) an alphabetically organized bio-bibliographical dictionary of individual nuns, tertiary sisters, beguines and anchoresses within the Franciscan fold.
In a second phase, we will add to this a number of vetted outside links to other scholarly resources on the web, as well as documentary and iconographical archives, presenting in digital fashion important documents and images.