Overview

abbess


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

The head of certain autonomous houses of nuns. The title is used among Benedictines, Cistercians, Trappists, Poor Clares, and some canonesses. The earliest known instance is in 514. In the Middle Ages wide powers were claimed by some abbesses, but the Council of Trent put an end to most special prerogatives.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.