Alspach
Community ID
 
2791
 
Alternate Names
 
St. John the Baptist in Alsace
 
Town
 
Kientzheim
 
Diocese
 
Konstanz
 
Region
 
Kaysersberg valley, Alsace
 
Medieval Location
 
Germany, Lower Bavaria, in the heart of the village of Kientzheim
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory, double monastery
 
Dedication
 
St. Matthew the Apostle
 
Date Founded
 
1289 for female community (ca. 1049 orig. foundation)
 
Date Terminated
 
1789
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine, Poor Clares
 
Rule
 
S. Clare (from 1282)
 
Congregation
 
Hirsau
 
Foundation Information
 

This community originated circa 1000 as a male Benedictine community. It was certainly in existence by 1049. From 1049-1282 it was a Benedictine monastery (it was reformed in 1110). In 1282 it switched to a community of Poor Clares, which continued until 1789.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

A fifteenth-century tract by Heinrich Vigilis (held in the Berlin Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz) and another mystical tract written by Barbara Welden also dating to the fifteeenth century(now located in Colmar's Bibliotheque de la Ville). A fragment of a lectio missae from the convent is held in Karlsruhe's Landesbibliothek, E.M. 415, and a Miscellany, K. 2122. A Gradual and Antiphonal from the community, dating to the fifteenth century, are kept in the Seminary at Straßburg, s. XV/XVIin. An Evalgeliar. (held in the Landesbibliothek, 2o71)and miscellaneous liturgical manuscripts (held in the Hauptbibliothek, XIV.6) both dating to the twelfth century are found in Stuttgart.

 
Manuscripts Produced
 

The convent held a fifteenth-century tract by Heinrich Vigilis (held in the Berlin Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz) and another mystical tract written by Barbara Welden also dating to the fifteeenth century(now located in Colmar's Bibliotheque de la Ville). A fragment of a lectio missae from the convent is held in Karlsruhe's Landesbibliothek, E.M. 415, and a Miscellany, K. 2122. A Gradual and Antiphonal from the community, dating to the fifteenth century, are kept in the Seminary at Straßburg, s. XV/XVIin. An Evalgeliar. (held in the Landesbibliothek, 2o71)and miscellaneous liturgical manuscripts (held in the Hauptbibliothek, XIV.6) both dating to the twelfth century are found in Stuttgart.

 
Contributors
 
June Mechum; Alison Beach