This text publishes and examines a visitation to the Monastery of Cós, carried out in 1492, by the abbot of Clairvaux. Annual visitations were, in the Cistercian context, an instrument of regulation which was intended to guarantee the implementation and compliance with the Order’s norms, towards a uniformity of the monastic life pursued by their communities. Therefore, this visitation provides us an interesting set of data, at various levels, on the community visited. Stemming from the information provided by this source, hitherto unpublished, on the daily lives of the nuns of Cós, the monastic precinct and liturgical practice, namely the celebration of the Divine Office, this paper dwells on the historical evolution of the community in the medieval period and the multiplicity of its relations with the neighbouring male Monastery of Alcobaça.
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- Female monasticism
- Monastery of Cós
- Monastery of Alcobaça
- Cistercian liturgical practice