The Mediaeval Nunneries of the County of Somerset, and Diocese of Bath & Wells

The Mediaeval Nunneries of the County of Somerset, and Diocese of Bath & Wells

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...that the witnesses before alluded to had been subpoenaed and were ready to give true evidence, these persons were examined under oath, and their answers written down in full. That day and the Saturday following were occupied in these proceedings. At length, having thus exhausted all possible means of arriving at the truth, and being desirous of providing for the safety of the Sisters, by concluding a vacancy which was naturally productive of so many dangers, the Commissaries proceeded to the final pronunciation of their sentence. It was that, inasmuch as, after a long and careful hearing and examination of the merits of the case, they found the election of the said Matilda, elected through the resignation of Dame Emma de Bytelesoumb, the late Prioress, to be uncanonical, and notoriously both in form and matter and in the person of the elect faulty, they, invoking the power of the Holy Ghost, and aided by the counsel of assessors learned in the law, pronounced finally and definitively the election of the said Matilda, who was unfit and unworthy, to be none, frivolous, of no effect, and altogether without force. Further, that the Nuns of the aforesaid Monastery by their choice of an unworthy Superior had lost for that turn their power of election, and that the appointment of the future Prioress had accordingly devolved on the Bishop or his Commissaries. In order, however, that the House might no longer be destitute of the comfort of a Governor, and lest the Nuns in disgrace of their religion should become the victims of the rapacity of the evil one and his servants, and of the natural frailty of their sex, in the name of God and by the authority committed to them, they selected Dame Johanna de Bere, of that Monastery, a Nun professed, of...show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236798279
  • 9781236798275