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Episcopal Foundation, Restoration, And Reform Of Religious Houses

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Bishop Turpio of Limoges issued a document around the year 940 in which he expressed his dismay at the depths to which religio had sunk in his lifetime. Turpio's measures at Saint-Augustin are in many ways representative of episcopal foundation, restoration, and reform of religious houses in tenth-century Aquitaine, illustrating what one source called the "causes and methods" of episcopal activity in this vein. The multi-faceted authority of the bishop, which encompassed both spiritual functions and responsibilities as well as the means to provide lands, incomes, and protection to a house, made them uniquely able to oversee such activities themselves as well as sought-after allies in the work of others. Moving from the causes of episcopal renovations and reforms to the method, most examples of episcopal foundation or restoration of religious houses see a common set of steps taken.

Keywords: Bishop Turpio; episcopal foundation; religious houses

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