Kempen
Community ID
 
2555
 
Diocese
 
Cologne
 
Modern Location
 
on the lower Rhine river
 
Dedication
 
S. Anne
 
Date Founded
 
1421 or earlier?
 
Date Terminated
 
1802
 
Religious Order
 
Franciscan by 1425
 
Rule
 
Third order of S. Francis
 
Foundation Information
 

This house is mentioned as a community of Beguines since approximately 1421; circa 1425 it became a community of Franciscan tertiaries.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Several literary works owned by this house are still extant. The Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz contains two manuscripts: a miscellaneous work (c. 1471), #Lat. 2o243, and a "Moral. dogmata," (c. 1461), #Lat. 4o254. The All Saints' Church in Bristol contains a manuscript of Augustine's DE Trinitate, (c. 1465), from this house, #3. The Hauptstaatsarchiv in Düsseldorf contains a Liber memorialis (15th c.) from this house, #A 194. The Propstei-und Pfarrkirche S. maria Geburt in Kempen contains an Evangeliarium, owned by Mart. de Oedt, circa 1480, #10, and another (circa 1512) also owned by mart. de Oedt, #11. The British Library in London, contains a manuscript of Bede's Ecclesiastical History that beolonged to this house, (c. 1420/21), #Add. 10949. The John Rylands University Library in Manchester preserves a miscellaneous work from the fifteenth century, belonging to this community, sine numero. The Howard Library in New Orleans preserves a fifteenth century manuscript of Cassiodorus from this house, #1, De Ricci 1, 741. The Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nürnberg contains an Alphabet. of Arn. Leodiensis, circa 1443, #91340. The University Library in Rostock contains the rule for Tertiaries (c. 1438), #Theol. 4o27. The Landesbibliothek in Stuttgart preserves three manuscripts of Ludolphus de Saxonia (c. 1430-1480), #HB. XIV. 9-11.

 
Secondary Sources
  
Miscellaneous Information
 

Final dissolution of this community occurred in 1802.

 
Manuscripts Produced
 

The library of this community included the works of Agusutine's De Trinitate, Bede's Ecclesiastical History, Cassiodorus, and Ludolphus of Saxony. A Liber memorialis, a rule for Tertiaries, and Evangelicals also survive from this house. In addition, the community supposedly contained three manuscripts of the Vitas patrum, a manuscript of the "Altväterleben," and Eusebius' Church History. Unfortunately, the location or existence of these last items is unknown. (see Kramer)

 
Contributors
 
June Mecham
 
Contributors Notes
 

Further research necessary.

 
Date Started
 
1421
 
Date Finished
 
1802
 
Length
 
1719