S. Agnes
Community ID
Alternate Names
Agnetenkloster; Agneskloster in Würzburg
Medieval Location
Modern Location
Würzburg; in the governmental district of Unterfranken; in the administrative district of Würzburg
Corporate Status
S. Agnes
Date Founded
1250; Link places the foundation in 1151
Date Terminated
Religious Order
Poor Claresn
S. Clare
Foundation Information

According to Link, a community of religious women (living presumably without a rule) existed on the location of this Clarissen convent since 1151. Since 1221 a group of female tertiaries dwelt near the chapel of S. Bartholomew. When the tertiaries transfered to the chapel of Valentius on the site of the later cloister, they were joined by members of the former religious community. With papal approval, the (unregulated) women entered the Clarissen order in 1254. The two groups formed a Clarissen convent and chose S. Agnes as their patron (Link, 580). A cloister is mentioned already in 1257. No specific founder for the community is mentioned nor are specific patrons. The convent's wealth was augmented by bequests and donations of property from the women themselves.

First Members

(see foundation information)

Notable Heads

Known abbesses are: Mechthildis, 1270; Adelheidis, 1274; Gertrud, 1287; Hedwig, 1290; Clementia, 1290; Gertrud, 1293; Heidewigis, 1297; Clementia, 1269; Katharina, 1314; Maria or Margareta, 1324; Agnes von Bocke, 1361; Kartharina von Widder, 1373; Agatha von Riedern, 1505; Dorothea, 1529; Lucretia Hurneck, 1544; Margareta von Wildenstein, 1544; Radiana von Geinsheim, 1554; Margareta Muttlinger, 1555.

Relative Wealth

The convent's wealth was augmented by bequests and donations of property from the women themselves.


In 1292 upon their entrance the sisters Margareta and Elisabet of Widder brought 200 pounds (Heller). Their sister Juta had joined the community previously. The three sisters were to receive three pounds Denarius yearly for their support (Link, 580). A local city-dweller, Heinrich Wender, and his wife, Petrissa, gave the convent 6 acres of vineyards. Their daughter, Berlindis, was a member of the community and retained the right of usufruct in this property for her lifetime. Agnes Schürger and her daughter, Bertha, (who were members of the convent) received four and a half acres of vineyard in 1334. In 1359 Margareta, wife of Konrad of Lindwurm, granted the convent a variety of goods from their farm in Urfeld, including amounts of corn, wheat, oil, and hens, with the provision that her sister and daughter, who were members of the community, would have the use of these goods as well for the rest of their lives (Link, 581). According to Link, the convent came to possess large farms. Most of the convent's rents and properties were acquired through purchase. In 1324 Hohenloh, the wife of Heinrich, granted the convent goods from their/her(?) property in Bleichfeld and Effeltrecht.

Secondary Sources

Klosterbuch der Diocese Wurzburg.
Bavaria Franciscana Antiqua II, 120.

Miscellaneous Information

In 1554 only three members of the community remained. This Clarissen convent was dissolved in 1560 by Bishop Friedrich von Wirsberg. In 1567 the Jesuits obtained the conventual buildings.

Admin. Notes

more research necessary

June Mecham
Contributors Notes

It appears that the women of this community had the ability to possess and alienate their own property.

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