Galilee
Community ID
 
2277
 
Alternate Names
 
Galilea
 
Town
 
Ghent
 
Diocese
 
Cambrai
 
Region
 
Flanders (East)
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Date Founded
 
1433
 
Rule
 
Augustinian
 
Congregation
 
Windesheim
 
Notable Heads
 

Alijt Bake (1415-1455) served as prioress in this community and worked to bring about a spiritual revival. She ran into difficulty with the leaders of the Windesheim Congregation over her outspokenness and her mystical and philosophical writings. She was removed as prioress circa 1454 after she refused to accept the admonitions of the male leaders of the Windesheim congregation. They sent her to another community, probably Facons, where she died in 1455. Alijt Bake wrote an autobiography, in which she stated that she modeled herself after Colette of Corbie. Alijt had visions, which perhaps were responsible for her election as prioress of this community. When she was elected prioress, Alijt was thirty years old, but had only made her profession five years before. Wybren Scheepsma lists twelve works, including a two volume autobiography, composed by Alijt Bake.

 
Literary Works
 

Wybren Scheepsma lists twelve works, including a two volume autobiography, composed by Alijt Bake.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Alijt Bake's works are preserved in Brussel's Royal library (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) MS 643-644 and the university library in Ghent (Universiteitsbibliotheek) MS 3854.

 
Contributors
 
Bruce L. Venarde
 
Date Started
 
1433
 
Length
 
88