Eldagsen
Community ID
 
2481
 
Alternate Names
 
Mariendael; Marienthal zu Eldagsen; Süsternhaus
 
Town
 
Springe
 
Diocese
 
Hildesheim
 
Medieval Location
 
in the city of Springe
 
Modern Location
 
in the district of Hannover
 
Dedication
 
Blessed Virgin Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1435 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1575; 1647 (see below)
 
Religious Order
 
Augustinian
 
Rule
 
Augustinian
 
Foundation Information
 

This convent was established in 1435 as part of the Windesheim Congregation and adopted the Rule of S. Augustine. Prior Rembert of Wittenburg brought three sisters from Schüttorf and settled them initially on his own property. The community later moved to Eldagsen. Duke Wilhelm confirmed the new foundation in 1437. In 1453 the community moved to Detmold. In 1470 the convent suffered from the acquisition of the Eldagsen by the Counts of Schaumburg. The convent purchased a farm and mill in Badersleben from Huysburg in 1479 to prevent its relocation and founded the convent of Marienbeke there. From Marienbecke followed new foundations in Detmold and Lemgo. According to one manuscript, the convent of Dietenborn was also founded by the community of Marienbecke (Hoogeweg, 33). However, Dietenborn is an older foundation than Marienbecke and the manuscript may refer to a period of support in the sixteenth century (Hoogeweg, 33).

 
Dependent Communities
 

From Marienbecke, Detmold, and Lemgo.

 
Assets/Property
 

The convent purchased a farm and mill in Badersleben from Huysburg in 1479 to prevent its relocation and founded the convent of Marienbeke there.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

The Landesbibliothek in Hannover contains a manuscript of the life of Jesus Christ in German, which once belonged to this community and later came into the possession of Lammspringe, #I 237.

 
Secondary Sources
 

Verzeichnis der Stifter und Klöster Niedersachsens vor der ReformationHandschriftenerbe des Deutschen Mittelalters, vol. 1, p. 204.
BERTRAM, Geschichte der Bistum Hildesheim I, p. 407, 428.
LÜNTZEL, Geschichte der Diözese und der Stadt Hildesheim II, p. 667-8.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The convent likely dissolved in the wake of the Protestant Reformation. The last nun died in 1647 and Duke Christian Ludwig granted the convent with its few possessions to the city for the support of schools (Hoogeweg, 33).

 
Admin. Notes
 

Further research necessary

 
Contributors
 
June Mecham
 
Date Started
 
1435
 
Date Finished
 
1575
 
Length
 
1751