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Monestary of Aguileia
The Abbess of Aquileia (Badessa del Monastero benedettino di Santa Maria extra muros di Aquileia), held temporal and secular authority over the territory and held semi episcopal authority.
Around 1181 Ermelinda
until after 1332 Franceschina della Torre
Daughter of Florimonte della Torre
Monestary of Brescia
The badessa del monastero di San Salvatore a Brescia held semi episcopal authority (Mitred Abbess)
Monestary of Brindisi
It's privileges was confirmed by papal bulls 1099, 1119, 1124, 1159, 1191 and 1233
Around 1233 Audisia
Royal Convent of Saint Benedetto
in Conversano (Reale monastero di San Benedetto di Conversano in Apulia)
The Cistercian monastery existed from before 889 and was placed under direct papal protection in 1110 and 1266 it was given to a group of Cistercian Nuns. The Abbess was both secular and temporal ruler of the territory and among others exercised, through a vicar, amost episcopal jurisdiction in the abbital fief of Castellana. Among the many privileges she enjoyed was that of appointing her own vicar-general through whom she governed her abbatial territory; that of selecting and approving confessors for the laity; and that of authorizing clerics to have the cure of souls in the churches under her jurisdiction. Every newly appointed Abbess of Conversano was likewise entitiled to receive the public "homage" of her clergy, - the ceremony of which was sufficiently elaborate. On the appointed day, the clergy, in a body repaired to the abbey; at the great gate of her monastery, the Abbess, with mitre and corsier, sat enthroned under a canopy, and as each member of the clergy passed before her, he made his obeisance, and kissed her hand, a practice which lasted until 1750, though it was modified in 1709, and the Abbess (Badesa) deprived of all her power of jurisdiction in 1806, when it was incorporated into the Diocese of Conversano
1266-70 Abbess Dameta Donna
Her position as Abbess Nullius - or "Badesse Mitrate" was confirmed 1267 by Pope Clemente IV. Another version of her surname is Paleologo, and she might have been a member of the Byzantine Imperial Family.
1271-96 Isabella I
Confirmed as "Abbassa Nullius di San Benedetto in Conversano" by Pope Gregorio X in 1273, who also confirmed the direct papal protection. She was in dispute with Grand-Vicar Stefano of Conversano.
Confirmed by Pope Bonifacio VIII in 1297. Conceded a piece of land to the lord of Polignano and had the privileges of the chapter confirmed several times.
1326-41 Maria d'Angiò
Abbess Maria d'Anjou was daughter of Philippe II de Taranto, Prince of Corfu, Morea, Albania, Duke of Athens and Valaccia, Vicar of the Kingdom of Sicilia and Despot of Romania, and his first wife Thamar Komnene Dukaina, Despota of Epirus (1277-1311). After their divorce in 1309 he married Catherine II de Valois, titular Empress of Constantinople, Princess of Achaia.
1349-65 Costanza I da Lecce
1365-77 Constanza II da Bari
1390-95 Francesca d'Angiò
1396-1446 Francesca d'Enghien
Sister of Maria d’Enghien who was Countess of Lecce (1384-1414), Princess of Tarento (1406-07) and married to King Ladislao of Napoli.
1447-70 Sancia Fungeta
1489-98 Marcella Orsini
Daughter of Andrea Matteo III and his first wife, Isabella Piccolomini Todeschini. Her father was 8th Duke d Atri, Count di San Flaviano,Lord di Forcella, Sant’Omero, Torre di Tronto, Poggio Morello, Cordesca, Castelvecchio, etc. Duke di Teramo and Martina from 1481, until they were confiscated in 1496. The same year he became 15th Count di Conversano in succession to his mother Caterina Orsini del Balzo natural daughter of Giovanni Antonio Orsini, Principe di Taranto, who succeeded to the titles of, Contessa di Conversano, Signora di Casamassima, Turi, Casamassima, Bitetto, Gioa, Turi e Noci in 1456, which was confirmed in 1462. Beatrice was "Badessa del monastero di Santa Maria dell’Isola a Conversano".
1554-56 Caterina Acquaviva
1557 Abbess Barbara Acquaviva d’Aragona
Her italian title was, Badessa di Santa Maria dell’Isola a Conversano. She was daughter of Andrea Matteo III Acquaviva d’Aragona, Duke of Atri etc. (1457-1529), and probably his second wife Caterina della Ratta, Countess di Caserta, Alessano e Sant’Agata (from 1488). Her italian title was, Badessa di Santa Maria dell’Isola a Conversano dal 1558
1569 Isabella II Acquaviva d’Aragona
In another list of Abbesses of the Chapter she listed as ruler in 1621. She was another member of the family of the Counts of Conversano.
Around 1583 Vittoria Palagano
1612-14 Abbess Donata
Another list of Abbesses lists her as ruler 1637-38. Daughter of Don Giulio Antonio Acquaviva d’Aragona, 19th Count di Conversano, di San Flaviano e Castellana and created Duca di Noci in 1600, and Donna Caterina Acquaviva d’Aragona, Heiress to the Duchy di Nardò.
Caterina Acquaviva d’Aragona
Also listed as ruler in 1624-30. Sister of Donna Barbara, the Abbess from 1558.
1638-44 Barbara Tarsi
1643-53 Girolama Indelli
In the alternative list of Abbesses her reign ends 1644.
1649 Antonia Acquavia d'Aragona
Listed in an alternative list of Abbesses of the chapter.
1653-65 Cesaria Indelli
In the alternative list of Abbesses her first reign ends 1656 and her second lasted 1660-62.
1658-70 Marianna Acquavia d'Aragona
In the alternative list, she is listed as ruler 165..-56 and 1671-72 and 1675.
1670/71 Faustina Sforza
In the alternative list of Abbesses she is listed as ruler 1663-70, 1675 and 1683.
1671-75 Maria Acquavia d'Aragona
1675-95 Guiseppina Cedrella
Alternative reign 1679-80.
1685 Gabriela Therami
Listed as ruler in the alternative list of abbesses.
1695-99 Isabella Tommasa Acquavia
Alternative rule until 1705
1699-1711 Giacoma Palmieri
1706-08 Onofria Tarsi
Elected in the presence of Bishop of Monopoli.
1711 Giuditta Pascale
Listed in the alternative list of Abbesses.
Until 1720 Luigia Tarsia
1720 and 30 Daniela La Forza
1723 Berardina Accolti
1724-27 Marcellina Capulli
1727 Cesaria Therami
1727-30 Rosa Caporossi
Ferdinanda Pascal was elected in November 1730 but reonuced.
1731-32 Serafina Girondi
1734-35 Rosa Caporossi
1738-40 Giuseppa Bassi
1743-59 Irene Margaritonte
1759/63 Floralba Maurelli
1773 Vincenza Martucci
Around 1779-circa 93
Rosalba Noja (Noya)
In Italian her title was badessa dell'illustrissima signora donna.
Around 1781 and 1786 Cherubina Therami
Listed as ruler in the alternative list of abbesses 1689.
1782-86 Fedele Renna
Around 1791 Giuditta Terami
Aurora Accolti Gil
She was the first Abbess Nullius. (d. 1809-).
1817, 1820, 1860-80, 1896-99 Rachele Bassi
1811, 14, 23, 38-40 Maria Teresa Albanese
1826-27, 1829-30, 1833-36 Angelica Netti
1836-43 Eleonora Manuzzi
1843-48 Luigia Netti
1848-57 Teresa Farnarari
Reelected a couple of times for three year periods.
1881-96 Giuditta Picucci
1899 Giovanna Morelli
Monestary of Fucecchio (Clarissan convent of
Sant’Andrea at Fucecchio)
1258 Pope Alexander IV granted the Vallombrosan Abbey Nullius of Gucchio to the Poor Clares of Gattaiola at Lucca, who, iving the land to the Franciscan monks to take care of it, but maintened the spiritual jurisdiction, reserving the right to appoint the ecclesiastical benefices of the former Abbey. The abbess maintained the right to be called "Bishopess" (episcopessa) and maintained it until 1622, when the diocese of San Miniato was founded. After the removal of the Franciscan monks in 1783, awing to the reforms of Grand Duke Leopold of Austria, the monastery was transformed in a conservatory and went under Clarisses'rule.
1531-32 Margherita di Domenico Ghetti
Sister of the Renaissance Painter, Bartolomeo di Zanobi Ghetti (d. 1536), who worked in France and Italy and amon others decorated the Abbey Church.
Monestary of Goleto
Founded in 1085 by Saint Guglielmo as a doubble monastery. In 1506 Pope Giulio II issued a decree supressing the chapter, which took place by the death of the last Abbess in 1515. The abbess held semi episcopal authority and was ruler of the feudal territories surrounding the Abbey.
Around 1152 Febronia
Built a famous tower to protect the Abbey and its surrounding territory from the attacking Longobards.
....Agnese dei Principi Filomarin
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