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Lay Abbot
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[German Version]

A lay abbot in the narrow sense, is a layman who is entrusted with the conduct and use of a monastery without being a member of its convent or even a monk. In the Frankish Empire of the 9th and 10th centuries and its successor states, members of the nobility were particularly frequently vested with this function. In a secondary meaning, lay abbot also designates the clerical holder of a commendam, who does not have the status of a monk (frequent from the High Middle Ages to the early modern period).

Bibliography

F.J. Felten, Äbte und Laienäbte im Frankenreich, 1980.

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Köpf, Ulrich, “Lay Abbot”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12579>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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