Tart l'Abbaye
Community ID
 
2095
 
Town
 
Tart l'Abbaye
 
Diocese
 
Langres
 
Region
 
6D
 
Corporate Status
 
Abbey
 
Date Founded
 
1125 (circa)
 
Religious Order
 
Cistercian
 
Foundation Information
 

This house of Cistercian nuns, founded sometime during the 1120s, was reputed to have been established by the abbot of Cîtaux, Stephen Harding. The nuns followed Cistercian practices.

 
Notable Heads
 

abbess Elizabeth and prioress Maria, mentioned in a charter of the late twelfth century

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

Adelaide, mother of Matthew duke of Lorraine, made a grant to the community when she entered the house, which Matthew confirmed in 1142(?). It is also likely that at least one daughter of the lord of Montpellier was sent to le Tart in the 1170s (Berman, 828).

 
Priveleges & Papal Exemptions
 

The community was granted a papal confirmation in 1147 in a bull, Desiderium quod, which lists le Tart's site, five granges, more than fifteen other properties and its Cistercian tithe privileges (Berman, 828).

 
Dependent Communities
 

Le Tart had at least 18 daughtter houses by the end of the twelfth century, including the houses of Fabas and Rieunette in Languedoc.

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Matthew, duke of Lorraine, and his mother, Adelaide

 
Social Characteristics
 

This was a house of aristocratic women.

 
Assets/Property
 

The community was granted a papal confirmation in 1147 in a bull, Desiderium quod, which lists le Tart's site, five granges, more than fifteen other properties and its Cistercian tithe privileges (Berman, 828).

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

For the thirteenth century, there are a number of accounts of meetings of Cistercian abbesses at le Tart, held under the presidency of the abbot of Cîteaux (Berman, 829).

 
Contributors
 
Bruce L. Venarde
 
Date Started
 
1125
 
Length
 
942