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Abbess

An abbess (Latin abbatissa, feminine form of abbas, abbot) is the female superior, or mother superior, of a community of nuns, often an abbey.

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Abbess - Description - Roles and Responsibilities
... In Lutheran churches the title of abbess (Äbtissin) has in some cases (e.g ... The office of abbess is of considerable social dignity, and in the past, was sometimes filled by princesses of the reigning houses ... of smaller imperial fiefs by Napoleon, the evangelical Abbess of Quedlinburg was also per officio the head of that reichsunmittelbar state ...
Maubeuge Abbey - History
... the sick by the young Aldegonde, who was abbess there until her death in 684, and was also buried there ... She was succeeded as abbess by her two nieces, first Aldetrudis and then Madelberte ... In the eleventh century the abbess was a powerful local figure ...
Senorina
... Saint Senorina (died 982) was a Galician abbess ... Senorina served as the abbess of the Benedictine convent of St John of Venaria (Vieyra) after being raised by her aunt, the abbess Godina ...
Sibylla Of Anhalt - Life
... In 1577, her elder sister Anna Maria was relieved from her post as Imperial abbess of Gernrode and Frose in order to marry Joachim Frederick, eldest ... During her reign as Abbess the only record of her activities comes from an abbey document in which she invests the widow of Stefan Molitor (the first Evangelical Superintendent of the abbey ... In 1581, Sibylla was relieved of her post as Abbess in order to marry Frederick, Count of Mömpelgard and heir apparent of the Duchy of Württemberg ...
St Mary's Abbey, Winchester
... The first abbess was Edward's daughter Edburga ... According to the Domesday Book the abbess held Lyss, Froyle, Leckford Abbess, Long Stoke, Timsbury, and Ovington in Hampshire Coleshill in Berkshire and Urchfont and All Cannings in Wiltshire ... of the Monasteries in 1539, with pensions granted to the abbess, prioress and nuns ...