Where the Lion Passed His Winter

Our first stop is the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud.  It was founded in the year 1101 by Robert d'Arbrissel, who wrote the rules that would guide the lives of all who entered the order.  Among the particularities of these rules was that men and women would serve their faith side by side.  Another feature of the rule was that a woman abbess would govern both men and women.

The passage here is from Chapter 17 of the rule:  "Let no one be attached to her particular profit, but rather to that of others"

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