Community ID
Blessed Virgin Mary
Date Founded
Date Terminated
1411 (female); 1804 (male)
Religious Order
Foundation Information

This monastery was founded in 1084 as a Benedictine double house. It remained as such until 1411, at which time it became a male house only.

Manuscript Sources

Several manuscripts survive from this house. The Staatsbibliothek Preu├čischer Kulturbesitz contains two miscellanous works from the fifteenth century, #Lat. 2o926 and Lat. 8o364. It also contains a "Computus," dating from 1456/57, #Lat. 4o238; a twelfth-century manuscript of Augustine, written by Megingaudus, #Theol. lat. 2o499; a fifteenth-century manuscript of Pseudo-Dioysus, #Theol. lat. 2o501, a fifteenth-century manuscript of Bernard of Clairvaux, #Theol. lat. 2o661; and two breviaries from the fifteenth century, #Theol. lat. 8o117-118. The Fitzwilliam-Museum in Cambridge contains a miscellaneous theological work from this house (c. 1460), #Coll. Bradfer-Lawr. 33. Downside Abbey has a work by Thomas a Kempis from this house, #48248 (Clifton 7). The Landesbibliothek in Dresden contains a work of Richardus de S. Victore on the Song of Songs, dating from the fifteenth century, #P. 161, and a work by Seuse, #P. 162, from this house. The University Library of Durham contains a manuscript of "Miracula de festo purificat. BMV" (c. 1480), #SR. 1.B.3, and the University Library of Edinburgh contains a fifteenth-century of Bernard of Clairvaux's On the Song of Songs, #99 (D.b.V. 4) from this house. The University Library in Halle contains a manuscript by Guil. de Laniceto,(c. 1464/67), #Halberstdt, Domgymnas., 20; a gloss on the fourth gospel, (c. 15th c.), #49; a fifteenth-century manuscript of the Soliloquies of Isidorus, #79; and a fifteenth-century manuscript of the Sachsenspiel, #Yd. 2o18. The University Library in Leiden contains a twelfth-century manuscript of Priscianus, #Periz. 4o65. The British Library preserves the following works from this community: #Add. 10927, Misc. (c. 1466); #Add. 10929, Misc. (15th c.); #Add. 10936, Augustine, In Joh. (12th c.); #Add. 10938, Augustine, Sermons (15th c.); #Add. 10944, Augustine, In John. (12th c.); #Add. 10947, Bede, In Lc (15th c.); #Add. 10948, Bede, In Act. apost. (13th c.); #Add. 10952, Honor. Augustodum., In pss, (13th c.); #Add. 10954, Bernard of Clairvaux, Homilies (1449); #Add. Ambors. Autpertus, Super apocal. (13th c.); #Add. 10957, Rup. Tuit., De vict. verbi dei (13th c.); #Add. 10958, Simon de Cassia (15th c.); #Add. 10959, Simon de Cassia (15th c.); #Add. 10961, Misc. (15th c.); #Add. 10965, Cicero (15th c.); #Add. 15243, Misc. (15th c.). The New York Public Library contains a manuscript of Rup. Tuit. On the Song of Songs, (14th c.) from this community, #75. The Library of the Union Theological Seminary in New York City contains two fragmentary Bibles, #54 (12th c.), #55 (12th c.), and a fourteenth-century Breviary, #56. The Bodlein Library in Oxford contains a fifteenth-century theological work from this house, #Lat. th. e. 2 (SC 29806). The University Library in Princeton contains a manuscript of Gerh. de Vliederhofen (c. 1400), #The Robert Garrett Collection, 65. The Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenb├╝ttel contains a manuscript of Bernard of Clairvaux's "De honest. vitae" from the fifteenth century, #Helmst. 1230 (1388), and a tenth-century miscellaneous work, #Helmst. 454 (488), which belonged to this community.

Secondary Sources
Manuscripts Produced

The majority of the extant literary works from this community's library appear to stem from the later fifteenth century, when the house was exclusively male. A few twelfth-century works and a tenth-century work which may come from this house stem from the community's period as a double house. (see manuscript sources)

June Mecham
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