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Bourgueil Abbey

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Source: Sir Gawain

Bourgueil Abbey was a Benedictine monastery located at Bourgueil, historically in Anjou, currently in Indre-et-Loire and the diocese of Angers. The founder was Emma of Blois, daughter of Theobald I of Blois, and by her marriage, duchess of Aquitaine. In 1630 it was attached to the Congregation of Saint-Maur.
Bourgueil was formerly a mansio known as Burgolium set up on the Roman main road from Angers to Tours, at a point where other Roman routes converged. Before 977, these lands belonged to Theobald I of Blois. He gave them as dowry for his daughter Emma. At this point a priory already existed at Bourgueil.


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