Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 9226
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Freeman , Elizabeth.
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  • Title: Houses of a Peculiar Order: Cistercian Nunneries in Medieval England, with Special Attention to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries [Only two English women's monasteries, Marham and Tarrant, were officially incorporated as Cistercian houses. However, visitation records, mortuary rolls, and other evidence document unofficial houses for women that claimed Cistercian privileges. Freeman
  • Source: CĂ®teaux: Revue d'Histoire Cistercienne 55, 40241 ( 2004): Pages 245 - 287.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Bishops Cistercian Order History- Sources Monasticism Monasticism- Affiliation Pastoral Care- Nuns Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 15- 16
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  • Illustrations: One figure. Figure One Map of Cistercian nunneries in medieval England.
  • Table: One table. List of thirty-five Cistercian nunneries in medieval England giving county, diocese, foundation and dissolution dates, and earliest documented reference as Cistercian.
  • Abstract: It has never been clear how many Cistercian nunneries existed in medieval England. Modern lists give a total of 27 recognised and unrecognised nunneries, although definitions of "recognised" and "unrecognised" vary. This article examines English nuns' interactions with local and continental Cistercian monks, as well as with canons, bishops, popes, and royalty, focusing on documents where nuns were either called "Cistercian nuns" or called themselves Cistercian nuns. Evidence supports the modern division of English nunneries into two categories, but these categories were never fixed. In early centuries, it was local monks and bishops who described nunneries as Cistercian. In the later period, certain individual nunneries took steps to be known as Cistercian and, at a national level, Cistercian commissioners also took responsibility for some houses. [Reproduced by permission of Citeaux: Commentarii cistercienses (http://www.citeaux.org/).]
  • Author's Affiliation: University of Tasmania
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  • Year of Publication: 2004.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 07744919
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