Tuesday, February 14


Badesse Mitrate

Some folks have been asking about mitred abbesses; I hope to post some more on the subject (as well as the secular use of the mitre by medieval kings, to which this phenomenon is distinctly linked) in the near future, but here's some info on the Abbesses of Conversano [misspelled "Converano" at one point on the site, but otherwise it appears to be in order], a typical example of the genre. At least one of them was so contentious in insisting that her convent's feudal rights be recognized that, if Bruno Bernard Heim is to be believed, she was nicknamed "The Monster of Apulia"!

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