Essen Abbey

Essen Abbey

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Essen Abbey was a collegiate foundation for women of the high nobility in Essen. It was founded in about 845 by the Saxon Altfrid, later Bishop of Hildesheim and saint, near a royal estate called Astnidhi, which later gave its name to the religious house and to the town. The first abbess was Altfrid's kinswoman Gerswit. Because of its advancement by the Liudolfings the abbey became "reichsunmittelbar" sometime between 874 and 947. Its best years began in 973 under the Abbess Mathilde II, granddaughter of Otto I and thus herself a Liudolfing, who governed the abbey until 1011. In her time the most important of the art treasures of what is now the Essen Cathedral treasury came to Essen. The next two abbesses to succeed her were also from the Liudolfing family and were thus able further to increase the wealth and power of the foundation. In 1228 the abbesses were designated "Princesses" for the first time. From 1300 they took up residence in Schloss Borbeck, where they spent increasing amounts of time.show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 145g
  • Equ Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135973037
  • 9786135973037