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Georgen in the Black Forestfrom abbot of Ottobeurenwhere the important monastery reformer was venerated as a saint after his death.

According to medieval tradition, Rupert is said to have been years old, the Ottobeurer abbot died on August 15, at an old age and was perhaps born around the middle of the 11th century. Where Rupert's spiritual career began - whether he was given to a monastery as a Benedictine wafer or whether he was educated at a canon can not be determined.

There is no record of a Rupert's vita that must have existed. With regard to Rupert's origin, historical research places the Ottobeurer abbot on the Swabian noble family of the Lords of Ursin and Irsee near Kaufbeurenwho later became Counts of Ursin-Ronsberg.


Incidentally, the lords of Ursin not only had connections to the Guelphsbut also to Hirsau and St. This is one of the reasons why Abbot Rupert from Ottobeur was classified in the Ursine noble family. The founding report of the St. Georgen Monastery mentions a Hirsau monk Rupert on the occasion of the intervention of Wilhelm von Hirsau in the run-up to the St.

Georgen is identical to the future abbot. It is indeed conceivable that Rupert together with the St. Georgen Abbot Theoger — lived in Hirsau, which explains the later intense relationship of trust between the two. Theoger, ly prior in the Hirsau priory Kloster- Reichenbach, then became abbot of St. Georgen inRupert could have come to St. Georgen with Theoger, at least he belonged to the monks' convent there before As a monk of the Black Forest Monastery, Rupert then experienced the sometimes difficult development phase that the monastic community in St.

Georgen had to master; as prior, as second after the abbot and his deputy, he supported Theoger in every possible way in the internal and external affairs of the Monastery.

Rupert's change from St. Georgen to Ottobeuren was initiated by the Ottobeurer Vogt Rupert von Ursin and took place with Theoger's consent in Rupert was the first St. Georgen monastery reform. Ottobeuren was - according to tradition from the point of view of the church reformers - before Rupert's arrival a torn convent, his abbot Heinrich I — without assertiveness. With the election of the St. Georgen monk as Ottobeurer abbot, with the approval of the convent of Rupert from St. Georgen, the more than year reign of an abbot began who reformed his monastery in the spirit of the St.

Georgen reform and - or so it seems - thereby placed the monastic community on a new basis.

Rupert reorganized the monastic life in Ottobeuren, filled the convent with monks from other reform monasteries, placed the lay brothers next to the full monks and founded a women's community in Ottobeuren. Ottobeurer scriptorium and painting school certainly started anew with the reforms.

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One consequence of the new monastic discipline was the economic recovery of the Ottobeurer monastic community, which was able to massively expand its property through donations, mainly from the nobles. One consequence of the expanded economic foundations was the completion of the new monastery building in Ottobeuren. The reconstruction or new construction of the monastery complex had started at the time of Abbot Adalhelmon All Saints Day in it was consecrated by the bishops Ulrich I of Konstanz and Hermann von Augsburg Obviously, the merging of the abbot and the Vogt proved to be a solid basis for the reform of the Ottobeuren monastery.

Rupert was thus not one of the church reformers who wanted to rule out any secular influence on a spiritual institution, rather he handled the reform of his monastery in a more pragmatic manner and was obviously successful with it. The suspected kinship between the abbot and the bailiff certainly played a prominent role and led to the influence of the bailiff's family on Ottobeuren being consolidated or even increasing.

It remains largely unclear how Abbot Rupert behaved in the triangle of forces between abbey, diocese and royalty. The Ottobeuren monastery was a royal abbey, but there has been evidence of the Augsburg bishop's increased influence since the 10th century. The kingship was largely eliminated because of the investiture dispute with regard to possible influence on the monastic community, but the diocese of Augsburg was under the direction of the loyal Bishop Hermann.

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Apparently Abbot Rupert understood to a large extent how to protect the monastery from counter-reforming forces and to carry out the St. Georgen reform, not least with the support of the von Ursin family of bailiffs. She mentions his biography, which did not come down to us, which in turn had written down the miracles Rupert caused.

The death of the charismatic abbot in therefore did not go unnoticed in monastic circles. Rupert was regarded by the Ottobeurer monks as an "extraordinary father of the whole place, an excellent cause of miracles", as an entry in the monastery necrology for August 15th put it.

The veneration of Rupert as a saint began in the Ottobeuren monastery under the subsequent abbot Isingrim — The Ottobeurer Chronicle began under Isingrim, and the lost Rupert's vita was also written down. The Ottobeurer Graduale 12th century contains miniatures of the abbots Rupert and Isingrim. In Rupert's remains were transferred to the abbey church.

Rupert shaped the history of Ottobeuren in the 12th century and beyond just because of his long term as abbot. Home Wiki. Rupert von Ottobeuren. Prior in the monastery of St. Georgen in the Black Forest, Abbot of Ottobeuren.