Aside

Married Abbots and Priors

Cranmer to Viceregent Thomas Cromwell:

If you could make Mr Hutton an Abbot or Prior, and his wife an Abbess or a Prioress, he were most bound unto you. If you would help him to such a perfection, I dare undertake for him that he shall keep a better religion than was kept there before, though you appoint him unto the best house of religion in England.

A married abbot? Indeed. Monasteries and convents in Lutheran Germany, such as Quedlinburg, sometimes lived on as collegiate houses with secular canons or canonesses. Perhaps the like would have its uses today.

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