Villingen
Community ID
 
2858
 
Alternate Names
 
S. Ursula; Bickenkloster; Bickenkloster zu Villingen; Bicken cloister
 
Town
 
near Freiburg
 
Dedication
 
S. Ursula
 
Religious Order
 
Franciscan (Clarissen)
 
Rule
 
Rule of S. Clare
 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

The convent was reformed by a party led by Ursula Haider.

 
Population Counts
 

According to the convent chronicle, circa 1480 the convent had just six nuns. Of these, five left when the reformers came to the convent. Only one of the women elected to stay.

 
Relative Wealth
 

The convent chronicle describes the house as poor, unendowed, and small.

 
Literary Works
 

A chronicle and reform account survive from this community. Sisters from this community sent a work that contains poems composed by Prioress Ursula Haider (d. 1498) to the convent of S. Katharinental. A sister from this community also compiled a copy of the twenty-eight sermons delivered at the convent by Johannes Pauli (1493-94).

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Berlin, Staatsbibliothek, MS germ. quart. 1069, fols. 1-240.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The convent was reformed in 1480 along with the Observant reforms sweeping Germany at the time.