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The Montmorencys and the Abbey of Sainte Trinit�, Caen: Politics, Profit and Reform

Davies, J (2002) 'The Montmorencys and the Abbey of Sainte Trinit�, Caen: Politics, Profit and Reform.' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 53 (04). 665 - 685. ISSN 0022-0469

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Abstract

Female religious, especially holders of benefices, made significant contributions to aristocratic family strategy and fortune in early modern France. This study of members of the wider Montmorency family in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries demonstrates the financial and political benefits derived from female benefice holding. Abbey stewards and surintendants of aristocratic households collaborated in the administration of religious revenues. Montmorency control of Sainte Trinit�, the Abbaye aux Dames, Caen, for over a century was associated with attempts to assert political influence in Normandy. Conflict ostensibly over religious reform could have a political dimension. Yet reform could be pursued vigorously by those originally cloistered for mercenary or political reasons.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2011 15:11
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 18:14
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1729

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