William of Volpiano in Normandy : current position

William of Volpiano in Normandy : Current Position

Gazeau, Véronique (Université de Caen Basse-Normandie)

Tabularia « Études », n° 2, (2002)


Richard II’s appeal to William of Volpiano, an Italian-Burgundian reformer in 1001, must be regarded as an important stage in the revival of monasticism in the Norman principality. Fécamp becomes the ducal abbey, from where William’s disciples initiate reforms at Jumièges, Bernornay, le Mont-Saint-Michel and the abbeys of Troarn, Saint-Taurin d’Evreux, Conches, and Sées. William of Volpiano’s influence is evident in liturgical and architectural matters. One can- not forget that other foreign reformers came to Normandy before William of Volpiano and after his death (1031) who had a part in the settling of monasticism in the duchy.

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