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Founded by students of the hermit Stephan of Thiers (of Muret, d. 1124 near Limoges), who led the life of hermits in Grandmont after their teacher's death (Monasticism: III). Their rule, first composed c. 1140–1150, emphasized a strict hermitic character according to the fundamental principles of poverty and solitude for the so-called clerici; conversants (Lay brothers) bore the responsibility for material needs. Distributed primarily in France, c. 1200 there were more than 100 cellae. In the 2nd half of the 12th century, tensions arose between clerics…

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Ehrenschwendtner, Marie-Louise, “Grandmontines”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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