• A saint, an abbot, his documents and her property: power, reform and landholding in the monastery of Homblières under Abbot Berner (949–82)

    Author(s):
    Fraser McNair (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Subject(s):
    Middle Ages, History
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Homblières, Abbot Berner, St Hunegund, charters, monastic reform, Medieval History, Early medieval history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6W25S
    Abstract:
    The monastery of Homblières, after 949, when it was turned from a community of nuns into a reformed Benedictine monastery under the rule of Abbot Berner, left a surprisingly large amount of tenth-century written material, producing both a Vita and a Translatio of Homblières’ patron saint Hunegund, as well as a large collection of charters. These documents allow us crucial insights into how a small monastery managed its possessions and its connections to patrons. This trail permits a closer view of strategies of landholding than can be had with many West Frankish monasteries. This article argues that the community at Homblières acted over several decades to consolidate its lands in specific locations. By producing such extensive documentation of his activities, Berner both solicited further donations for his monastery and protected its existing patrimony from potential threats.
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