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Glossary

Convent

A convent is the specialised monastery where a group of nuns live. The head of a convent maybe called an abbess, a prioress or a mother superior. These are affilitated to the various monastic orders, such as the Benedictines or Cistercians. Most northeast examples were Medieval in date. These possessed they own granges, and sometimes served hospitals. Many were dissolved at the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

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