Metelen
Community ID
 
1415
 
Diocese
 
Münster
 
Medieval Location
 
on the upper Vechte River?
 
Modern Location
 
in the district of Steinfurt
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Cornelius, S. Cyprian
 
Date Founded
 
889
 
Date Terminated
 
1811
 
Religious Order
 
unknown
 
Foundation Information
 

This nunnery was founded by a nun named Friduwi, according to an original document of Arnulf dated to August 16, 889. The foundation was based on Friduwi's entire inheritance. The convent was a family foundation, descendents of the foundress were to be accomodated within the community and abbesses were to be chosen from her kin (Hauck, 554). According to Heineken, this convent is one of the few founded at the initiative of the inhabitants of the community (34). According to Otto III's confirmation of Metelen, Friduwi gave property to the convent, which she then placed under the protection of the king (Heineken, 62). The nuns of the community retained the right of election (of the abbess?); the king and nobles installed the provost for the community with the consent of the nuns (Heineken, 62).

 
First Members
 

Friduwi became the first abbess of the community.

 
Litigations
 

In the tenth century, Metelen had to protect its direct subordination to the king versus the bishop of Münster (Heineken, 59).

 
Manuscript Sources
 

The archives for the community are located in the archive in Coesfeld.

 
Published Primary Sources
 

[1] Böhmer Regesta imperii I. Die Regesten des Kaiserreichs unter den Karolingern, ed. E. Muehlbacher. Vol. 1. Innsbruck, 1889.
[2]Westfaelische Urkundenbuch?

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

At Metelen the exercise of jurisdiction never lay in the hands of the abbess. Provosts exercised the jurisdictional authority. The king chose the provost for Metelen.

 
Admin. Notes
 

More research necessary

 
Contributors
 
June Mecham
 
Date Started
 
889
 
Date Finished
 
1811
 
Length
 
1520