Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


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  • Title: Why Found a Medieval Cistercian Nunnery? [Isabel de Aubigny, Countess of Arundel, was a noble-born English woman who established a Cistercian monastery in the thirteenth century. Isabel’s husband and many close relatives died when she was young, and she chose to remain a widow. After a series of additional family deaths, Isabel used the dowry she had been given by her father upon her marriage in order to establish a Cistercian nunnery. She had many motivations for founding the monastery: religious convictions (doing charity to benefit her soul in the afterlife), economic and political goals (disposing of estates), and social aspirations and responsibilities (maintaining family honor and increasing her social prestige). Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Medieval Prosopography 12, 1 (Spring 1991): Pages 1 - 28.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Cistercian Order Family Inheritance Isabel de Aubigny, Countess of Arundel Lay Piety Marham, Norfolk, England- Cistercian Abbey for Women Monasticism Noble Women Patronage, Ecclesiastical Widows Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 13
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  • Table: One Table. Table One Family tree of Isabel de Aubigny, Countess of Arundel. The tree includes four generations, going back to Isabel’s paternal great-grandparents, William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, and Isabel, Countess of Pembroke.
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  • Year of Publication: 1991.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 01989405
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