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Title: Het religieuze leven in het Grote convent te Doesburg
Author(s): JANSE, Antheun
Journal: Ons Geestelijk Erf
Volume: 74 Issue: 1-2 Date: maart-juni 2001
Thanks to 20th-century transcriptions from a now lost medieval manuscript, which was written in the Grote conventin Doesburg (Gelre), we are able to shed some light on the religious life in a late medieval convent of tertiaries. The Grote convent, founded in the early 14th century as a house of beguines, was converted into a house of Sisters of the Common Life at the end of the century. In 1446 the sisters adopted the Third Rule of St Francis and joined the Chapter of Utrecht. The manuscript contained a memorial calendar, an ordinance regulating daily devotion in the convent, regulations concerning the library and the lending of books and a list of sixty-six book titles. Most of the titles which can be identified with still known Middle Dutch texts belong to the ‘average’ religious literature for semi-religious sisters of the Modern Devotion. There is no evidence of a specific ‘Tertiary’ signature.