‘Of Burning Monks, Unidentified Churches and the Last Cistercian Foundation in the East: Our Lady of Camina in the Principality of Achaia’

Nickiphoros I. Tsougarakis, Christopher Schabel

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Abstract

The existence of the monastic church of Camina in Frankish Morea has long been noted by historians of Frankish Greece, but its history has never been thoroughly investigated and its location remains unknown. Moreover, some of the documents pertaining to this church have not been published while others have been published in faulty editions that have obscured their full significance. In the present study the surviving documents are edited and the church’s history is reconstructed and its location identified. It is suggested that some of the original Benedictine inhabitants of Camina were the only Latin religious to have been burnt at the stake for heresy in medieval Greece. It is also argued that Camina was the last Cistercian abbey to be founded in the Latin East, and that it may be identified as the present monastery of Our Lady of Blachernae near Glarenza (Killini).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-87
JournalJournal of Medieval History
Volume41
Issue number1
Early online date18 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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