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History ...

A brief outline of the history ...

genealogical table

Genealogical table of the Abbesses of Walsrode Abbey since the time of Luther

before 986

Founded as a House of Canonesses by Count Wale and his wife Odelinth The first abbess was probably their daughter Mechthildis.

986

Earliest recorded reference on the occasion of a donation by Otto III, King of Saxony.

1255

Earliest introduction of the Benedictine rule.

1482

Renewed introduction of the Benedictine rule by Anna von Nassau, daughter-in-law of Duke Friedrich the Elder of Brunswick and Luneburg.

1482

Fire caused by a lightning strike destroys most of the monastery. Documents, art treasures, furnishings and equipment are destroyed.

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