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Les Dames de Remiremont sous l'Ancien Régime (1566-1790) : contribution à l'étude de la noblesse dans l'Eglise

Abstract : Among the four chapters of Lorraine, certainly the most renowned, was the one of Remiremont. Its prestige was not only due to its wealth, but also to the quality of its nobility. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it asserted its reputation causing its influence to grow. It also differed from nearby chapters in Epinal, Bouxières-aux-Dames and Poussay by the originality of its institutions particularly in the way its wealth was organized and its income was distributed. The Saint-Pierre chapter was made up of about fifty canonesses who had to attend services and take part in the capitular life. However, the rules were not strict, the obligations were quite acceptable and being a canoness offered numerous advantages : she did not take vows, she lived in a private house with her servants, had total control over her wealth, she could hold receptions and was free to travel... moreover, she could renounce her position to rejoin secular life and marry. Strongly attached to their secular condition and privileges and backed up by the nobility they were born of, the canonesses of Remiremont opposed every attempt to reform. The Saint-Pierre chapter of Remiremont, which was the symbol of the old regime society, disappeared with the revolution.
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Françoise Boquillon. Les Dames de Remiremont sous l'Ancien Régime (1566-1790) : contribution à l'étude de la noblesse dans l'Eglise. Histoire. Université Nancy 2, 1988. Français. ⟨NNT : 1988NAN21001⟩. ⟨tel-02325539⟩



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