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Wilhelmites
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[German Version]

The Wilhelmite order goes back to a hermitage (Monasticism: III) founded in Tuscany in the mid-12th century. Its founder is said to have been a French noble named Wilhelm, a former soldier who settled near Pisa in 1145 after several pilgrimages; later he moved to the mountain valley of Malavalle, near Siena, where he lived a strictly ascetic life as a hermit with a single companion (later joined by a second). After his death on Feb 10, 1157, a hermitage grew up at his burial site;…

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Köpf, Ulrich, “Wilhelmites”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_224270>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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