|Nice digs, huh? Growing up Gambacorti|
One of her sisters-in-law got permission to take Clara to church on the feast of Saint Dominic. The preacher was a Dominican friar. As portents go, it seems pretty tenuous, but Clara made it work. Papa Gambacorti was persuaded that she was rightly called to the Dominican sisterhood, and it wasn't too many more years before she was the abbess of the convent that he built for her and her friend Maria Mancini.
In 1392, the Duke of Milan saw his chances and he took them. He persuaded Jacopo Appiano, Pietro Gambacorti's secretary, to murder him. Jacopo had a little trouble subduing the city, during which time Clara stated her forgiveness for his actions and even offered sanctuary for his family inside her convent. This was probably motivated by pure love and the spirit of forgiveness, but it wasn't bad politics either. When Jacopo did quell the opposition and take over Pisa, her monastery was left untroubled.
Papa Pietro would have been proud.