S. Margherita
Community ID
 
728
 
Town
 
Vercelli
 
Diocese
 
Vercelli
 
Region
 
Piedmont
 
Medieval Location
 
outside of the porta Aralda
 
Modern Location
 
via Castra
 
Date Founded
 
1255 (July 3)
 
Date Terminated
 
1802
 
Religious Order
 
Dominican, then Augustinian
 
Foundation Information
 

founded by saint Emilia Bicchieri

 
Population Counts
 

1256: 31 sisters

 
Priveleges & Papal Exemptions
 

Jan 26, 1255, Alexander IV concedes to the nuns the right to celebrate the divine office during the period of general interdict

 
Social Characteristics
 

daughters of the best families of Vercelli

 
Early Documents
 

[1] Sept. 29, 1256: foundation document.

[2] June 13, 1286: general indulgence to those who visit the monastery on all the holidays of Mary and those having something to do with the monastery itself.

 
Architecture & Archaeology
 

In the period between 1369-1378, a group of old houses were transformed into a monastery, but the old monastery was not abandoned until 1455. In 1575, the sisters received papal permission to enlarge the monastery.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

[1] Vercelli, Archivio di Stato, domenicane di S. Margherita (1319-1802)

[2] Vercelli, Archivio dell'capitolo di S. Eusebio

[3] Vercelli, Bibliotheca Agnesiniana, doc. di S. Andrea

[4] Vercelli, Casa del riposo, fasc. 37

[5] Vercelli, Archivio della parrochia di S. Guiliana

[6] Vercelli, Archivio della parrochi di S. Michele

[7] Torino, Archivio di Stato, Domenicane di S. Margherita (1340-1756).

[8] Torino, Archivio di Stato, A. Avogadro di Valdango, perg. 21.

 
Published Primary Sources
 

Vercelli, Archivio di Stato. __Storia e architetture di anticho conventi, monasteri e abbazie della citta di Vercelli.__ Vercelli: 1976. pp. 148-157.

 
Contributors
 
Suzanne Wemple-Kinder
 
Date Started
 
1255
 
Date Finished
 
1802
 
Length
 
1212