After reading the biography of the fifteenth-century reformer of the Franciscans, St. Colette of Corbie, foundress of the Colettine Poor Clares, it is hard to understand the lack of knowledge about her among American Catholics. Ranking her with St. Francis and St. Clare, the author, herself a Poor Clare, does much in this biography to remedy this deficiency. Using the best sources, she paints a vivid, admiring picture of a truly prodigious woman, of the stature of St. Catherine of Siena, against the colorfully re-created background of Europe at the time of the Great Schism. St. Colette was ""the woman who was confidante and mentor to French royalty in the tumultuous fifteenth century, who propped up the sagging structure of primitive Franciscanism and restored it to its original grandeur, whose miracles all but defy their numbering."" The author has written a detailed biography with sincerity, imagination, sensitivity and good sense.