Schwarzach
Community ID
 
2411
 
Diocese
 
Würzburg
 
Date Founded
 
770 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
877
 
Religious Order
 
unknown; probably Benedictine
 
Rule
 
unknown
 
Foundation Information
 

Manto "the elder," count of Rottenburg, and his wife, Hadaburt, founded a convent in Schwarzach near Dettelbach sometime before 788. The first abbess was a sister of Hadaburt, although her name is unknown. In 877 upon the death of Bertha, the convent fell into the control of the bishop of Würzburg. Link speculates that the convent's name stems from the black habit of the nuns dwelling here (although it may equally have stemmed from the blackness of the earth in the area) (Link, 573).

 
First Members
 

The first abbess was a sister of Hadaburt, although her name is unknown. She was followed as abbess by Juliana, the daughter of count Manto, in 788. The third abbess was Theodrada, also called Gisla, a daughter of Charlemagne.

 
Notable Heads
 

The third abbess was Theodrada, also called Gisla, a daughter of Charlemagne. She transfered the community into the control of S. Kilian on the condition that after her deaath, Bertha and Hildegard, daughters of King Ludwig, could continue to dwell their for a yearly fee (Link, 572).

 
Secular Political Affiliations
 

The house was likely connected to the house of Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Emperors.

 
Social Characteristics
 

This was a noble foundation which included five princesses in its community. The house was likely connected to the house of Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Emperors.

 
Secondary Sources
  
Miscellaneous Information
 

Link speculates that the neighboring villages of Schwarzenau, Stadtschwarzach, and Stadelschwarzach may have originated as colonies of the convent (Link, 573).

 
Admin. Notes
 

further research necessary

 
Contributors
 
June Mecham
 
Date Started
 
770
 
Date Finished
 
877
 
Length
 
1490