Wunstorf
Community ID
 
1422
 
Alternate Names
 
Wunsdorf
 
Town
 
Wunstorf
 
Diocese
 
Minden; presently Hildesheim
 
Medieval Location
 
This community was located on the Becke River, a tributary of the lower Leine River.
 
Dedication
 
S. Peter
 
Date Founded
 
871
 
Religious Order
 
unknown (see foundation field)
 
Foundation Information
 

The convent was founded by Theoderich of Minden. A document of Louis the German mentions the convent. This document is dated October 14, 871. The church in Minden was likely participated in the foundation of this convent, but in a subordinate position. The inheritance of the bishop formed the basis of the foundation (Heineken, 50). A document for Wunstorf uses the expression "regulariter," and records that the "ancillae Christi" have the right "regulariter" to choose an abbess from among themselves. As Heineken notes, the language of the document only reveals that the right to elect their own abbess was regarded as a privilege of a regular congregation. Researchers can not say definitely if the community followed a particular monastic rule (Heineken, 97-98).

 
Other Ecclesiastical Relations
 

Wunstorf paid a tithe to the episcopal church in return for the bishop's protection of the convent's property (Heineken, 60).

 
Secular Political Affiliations
 

The episcopal church continued to have an influence in the nuns' choice of an abbess.

 
Published Primary Sources
 

Boehmer Regesta imperii I. Die Regesten des Kaiserreichs unter den Karolingern, ed. E. Muehlbacher. Vol. 1. Innsbruck, 1889.

 
Admin. Notes
 

More research necessary

 
Contributors
 
June Mecham
 
Date Started
 
871
 
Length
 
1304