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Magdalenes
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Since the 12th century, individual convents were founded under the patronage of Mary Magdalene to accommodate converted prostitutes and save women in jeopardy. The order of the Penitent Sisters of Blessed Mary Magdalene (Poenitentes Sorores Beatae Mariae Magdalenae) traces back to the initiative of the Hildesheim canon Rudolph of Worms, who founded convents for these penitents throughout the empire, beginning in 1226. Affirmed by Gregory IX in 1227 and subject after 1232 to the Rule of St. Augustine and the statutes of the Dominican nuns of San…

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Ehrenschwendtner, Marie-Luise, “Magdalenes”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13376>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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