S. Pietro de Castelfaccio
Community ID
 
691
 
Alternate Names
 
S. Pietro de Cavalio; Cavaglietto; Cavalio Inferiore; de Cavaglio
 
Town
 
Novara
 
Diocese
 
Novara
 
Region
 
Piedmont
 
Medieval Location
 
Cavalmediano -- in a castle that had been given to Cluny
 
Date Founded
 
1092-4
 
Religious Order
 
Cluniac, then Poor Clares after 1252
 
Rule
 
S. Damiano (as Clares)
 
Foundation Information
 

First donation to the house was in 1092, but the castle in which it was housed was not spoken of until 1094.

 
Notable Heads
 

Cecilia was the first abbess after the house was turned over to the clares (as Cluniacs, the leaders of the house had been prioresses, rather than abbesses). She set out to restore and finance the buildings of the monastery.

 
Population Counts
 

In 1250, there was only one Cluniac nun left. Two years later, on September 2, 1252, Innocent IV sent a letter to Sigibaldo, bishop of Novare, granting him the right to settle Damian nuns there.

 
Priveleges & Papal Exemptions
 

Innocent IV, c. 1253.

 
Relative Wealth
 

Very rich

 
Assets/Property
 

The house owns land in Morghengo and Sizzano in addition to their Cavalmadio holdings

 
Early Documents
 

[1] Jan 27, 1120: sale of land. [2] 1252: bishop Sigibaldo writes to the pope of his wishes to settle a group of Clares in the nearly depopulated Cluniac house.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Novara, Archivio Capitolare, Armadio, MS sec. XIX, C. Frasconi, __Documenti riguardanti le Chiese, monasteri, conventi e spedali gia esistenti in Novara e nei suoi sobborghi, XIV, 23.

Ibid., fondo Sant'Agnese, m. I, no. 47.

Torino, Archivio di Stato, Sez. I, monache, S. Pietro di Caviglio, XIV, 25.

 
Secondary Sources
  
Contributors
 
Suzanne Wemple-Kinder
 
Date Started
 
1092
 
Length
 
1400