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Collegiate Chapter
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In 755/756, early medieval communities of clerics were given their first structural guidelines in the rule of Bishop Chrodegang of Metz, who used the apostolic lifestyles as prototypes of choir office and community life. The Institutio canonicorum promulgated in 816 at Aachen by Louis I, the Pious established the distinction between monastic communities and canonical communities. Collegiate chapters consisted of secular clerics who had often only taken the minor vows (Consecration/Ordination/Dedication: I) and who initially lived a communal life (vita commun…

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Schneidmüller, Bernd, “Collegiate Chapter”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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