Beaumont-les-Tours
Community ID
 
1537
 
Alternate Names
 
Notre Dame de Beaumont
 
Town
 
Tours
 
Diocese
 
Tours
 
Region
 
6F
 
Medieval Location
 
About 1 kilometer south of the cathedral of Saint Martin, across the river Cher
 
Modern Location
 
Remains of the abbey are now part of the Military Service Corps Museum
 
Corporate Status
 
Abbey
 
Dedication
 
Notre Dame
 
Date Founded
 
1002 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1070-1100? Legend has it there was an early medieval monastery on the site
 
Rule
 
Rule of Saint Benedict
 
Foundation Information
 

Founded and endowed by Herveus, treasurer of the cathedral of Saint Martin of Tours. There may have been an existing community of female religious seeks nearby, but they did not constitute a coenobium, since King Robert the Pious's confirmation charter of 1107 notes the absence of one for women in the pagus of Tours before Herveus founded Beaumont

 
Population Counts
 

60 nuns when the community was dissolved in the wake of the French Revolution.

 
Dependent Communities
 

Conventual priory of Mennetou-sur-Cher; several local parish churches

 
Dependency Of
 

Archbishop and chapter of Saint Martin of Tours. Abbesses were buried there and newly elected superiors received charge of temporalities from the dean of the cathedral, spiritual benediction from the archbishop

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

King Robert the Pious of France confirmed Herveus's foundation in 1007 and issued another charter to Beaumont in 1022, after the founder's death. Later patrons includes the comital families of Anjou and Poitou, the dukes of Normanday, and regional noble families.

 
Social Characteristics
 

Congregation included women from the regional aristocracy and, in the early modern era, nuns of royal blood.

 
Relative Wealth
 

Despite early modern complaints about poverty and dependency on the cathedral, this was a large and wealthy nunnery, richly endowed from the start.

 
Assets/Property
 

Mostly landed wealth from Touraine

 
Early Documents
 

King Robert the Pious's two charters are edited in PL 141: 953-955, 966-968

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

Remains of the abbey are now part of the Military Service Corps Museum

 
Published Primary Sources
 

Chronique de l'Abbaye de Beaumont-Lez-Tours. There is also supposed to be a cartulary, edited by Fleuret, published at the end of the 19th century, but it is not available in the United States.

 
Secondary Sources
  
Contributors
 
Bruce L. Venarde
 
Date Started
 
1002
 
Date Finished
 
1070
 
Length
 
1630