Marienrode
Community ID
 
2543
 
Town
 
Hildesheim
 
Diocese
 
Hildesheim
 
Medieval Location
 
1243/4 in Isenhagen; 1259 in Backenrode; Marienrode until 1806
 
Dedication
 
Blessed Virgin Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1125 (male); 1988 (female)
 
Date Terminated
 
1806 (male); continues (female)
 
Religious Order
 
Cistercian
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

This community was founded in 1125 by Augustinian canons. In 1259 it was taken over by Cistercian monks from Isenhagen. In 1259 the community was transferred to Backenrode, then to Marienrode, where it remained until dissolution in 1806. In 1986-88 the monastery and church was renovated and resettled by Benedictine nuns from the abbey of S. Hildegard in Rudesheim-Eibingen.

 
Architecture & Archaeology
 

The gothic church still stands. Marienrode, churchMarienrode, entrance Outbuildings from the monastic complex are also still extant. Marienrode, outbuildingsMarienrode, convent crest

 
Manuscript Sources
 

The Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin preserves two manuscripts belonging to this house, #Germ. 2o847(1) and Germ 4o835(1). The Landesbibliothek in Hannover contains a manuscript "Super epp. Pauli" dating from the sixteenth century, which belonged to this house, #I 20 a. It alsoc contains three other manuscripts from this community, #I 84 a(1), I 189a.(1), and I 195 a.(1). It preserves a manuscript "About the Lives of Monks," dating from the fifteenth century, which belonged to this house, #I 251 a., and a Diplomatar. Marienrodense (15th c.), #XXIII 767. A miscellaneous (astronomical?) dating from the twelfth century, may have belonged to this community as well, #IV 394. The Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbuttel possesses a fragmentary Calendar which may have belonged to this house as well, #Novi 404.2 (12).

 
Secondary Sources
  
Admin. Notes
 

Further research necessary.

 
Contributors
 
June Mecham
 
Contributors Notes
 

This was not a female community until the twentieth century.

 
Date Started
 
1125
 
Date Finished
 
1806
 
Length
 
1497