|Fontevraud is actually the site of five different convents and monasteries that were founded under the auspices of the eleventh-century visionary Robert d'Arbrissel. One of the many special features of d'Arbrissel's vision was to bring monks and nuns together under the same authority. Men and women lived and worked side by side at Fontevraud in a day when all other religious orders required strict separation of the sexes. D'Arbrissel didn't stop there, though. The head of the abbey and all its members was a woman -- an abbess and not and abbot.|
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