Jouarre
Community ID
 
1570
 
Alternate Names
 
Jouarre-en-Brie
 
Town
 
Jouarre
 
Diocese
 
Meaux
 
Medieval Location
 
between Marne and Petit-Morin near crossing of Marne at La Ferté-sous-Jouarre (not, as Krusch suggested inScriptores rerum Merovingicarum 4.1, 33, in the Jura); in 12-13th centuries, region much forested
 
Date Founded
 
630 (circa)
 
Rule
 
Columban; Benedictine
 
Congregation
 
Fontevrault (1515-)
 
Foundation Information
 

According to Jonas (Vita Columbani, I. 26), founded by Ado:
"intra Iorani saltus monasterium ex eati regula Columbani construxit." See Vita Columbani Abbatis disciplinorumque eius, 100.

 
First Members
 

First abbess supposedly Theodechild, d. 667, but not mentioned in Usuard's Martyrology--first reference to feastday from 12th century text. Cenotaph visible in crypt.

 
Notable Heads
 

Associated with Merovingian and Carolingian queens and later royal and noble families (including Bourbons). 1515-, Magdeleine d'Orleans (sister of Francois I).

 
Other Ecclesiastical Relations
  
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Successive royal houses

 
Relative Wealth
 

Extremely wealthy throughout Middle Ages

 
Architecture & Archaeology
 

Founded around three churches, essentially royal mausolea. Rebuilt in 1630, Merovingian tombs translated; excavations in 19th century and much rebuilt. Cenotaph of Theodechild probably raised over her tomb in 8th century.

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

Crypts accessible beneath existing structure.

 
Contributors
 
Bruce L. Venarde
 
Date Started
 
630
 
Length
 
104