S. Maximin
Community ID
 
1318
 
Town
 
Cologne
 
Diocese
 
Cologne
 
Date Founded
 
1186 or earlier
 
Rule
 
Augustinian by 1281
 
Foundation Information
 

According to Caesarius of Heisterbach's story in his Dialogus Miraculorum, a man and his mistress assumed lives of penitence at the church of S. Maximin. Several Schrien-entries name the man as Waldaver. Stein suggests that Waldaver and his mistress attracted a circle of women which developed into a regular nunnery. This must have occurred before 1186, because by this date S. Maximin is treated as a regular nunnery recieving gifts of land. Stein concludes that S. Maximin originated as a result of the initiative of the women who had gathered around Waldaver.

 
First Members
 

Waldover and his mistress

 
Dependency Of
 

A charter issued by S. Ursula to S. Maximin in 1188 freed the latter from some sort of dependent relationship with the former.

 
Social Characteristics
 

The convent appears to have been a mix of patrician and middle-class women. Of the identified nuns, two were patrician and two were middle-class.

 
Assets/Property
 

In 1186 the nunnery records gifts of lands from Archbishop Phillip of Heinsberg.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

[1]Stadtarchiv St. Maximin Urkundenbuch;
Stadtarchiv Gelenii Farragines, vol 24, f. 23v

 
Secondary Sources
  
Admin. Notes
 

more research necessary

 
Contributors
 
June Mecham
 
Date Started
 
1186
 
Length
 
1275