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abbess

the female superior of a convent
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In medieval times, territorial abbesses had equivalent rights to secular bishops.
After the Council of Trent in the 16th century said, "No more of these extraterritorial bishops; we're going to get rid of them all," one of the abbesses of Las Huelgas, Anne of Austria, wrote to the pope.
(65) "D'ailleurs, les vierges et les autres chretiennes vouees a la vie religieuse se retiraient dans les monasteres, dont les abbesses recevaient paffois, telle sainte Radegonde, l'ordination des diaconnesses" (Fortunat, Vita S.
Conley shows clearly how the Arnauld abbesses were rather modern in their promotion of female autonomy and conscience, even as they defended a philosophy and a theology that saw but sin in human nature, and drew heavily on the most pessimistic theses of Augustine and various disciples of his.
She expresses concern that abbesses might be expected to entertain guests, both male and female, but does not imply that this might disqualify a woman from satisfactory performance of the office.
They are also sure to enjoy the charm of place des Abbesses, where Jenks buys his morning croissants, and the eclectic creperie Le Tire Bouchon at No.
Under the first two abbesses, Petronille de Chemille and Mathilde d'Anjou, the major 12th century building campaign was concluded with the completion of the abbey church possibly in the 1160s, including the installation of the tombs of the Plantagenets, the erection of the chapel of St.
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Beatas, mystics, athletes of asceticism, "living saints," reforming abbesses, and charitable congregations all incurred suspicion and sometimes outright suppression by church officialdom, prompted in part by the hierarchy's determination to regularize and control religious practice, but more intensely by a blend of misogyny and anxiety over women s influence.
She was, like many of the great Benedictine Abbesses of her time, clever, gifted with healing, and a mystic.
The double monasteries of Anglo-Saxon England have attracted the attention of historians recently, particularly those with an interest in womens' studies, because of the importance of their abbesses, who ruled over communities consisting of monks as well as nuns.