Jean de Fécamp

FÉCAMP, Jean de (Jean d’Allie, Jean de Ravenne). b. Ravenna, Italy, ca. 990; d. Fécamp, Normandy, ca. 1078. He was a disciple (not, as is sometimes stated, the nephew) of the celebrated reformer and architect, Guillaume de Volpiano (Guglielmo da Volpiano, 962-1031) who restored many French abbeys and built the chapel at Mont St Michel. Jean was a monk at one of the abbeys, Saint-Bénigne de Dijon, before being nominated by Guillaume to be prior of another, the re-founded Abbaye de la Trinité at Fécamp in Normandy, which had been destroyed by the Vikings. He became Abbot of Fécamp in 1028 in succession to Guillaume, and thereafter had a distinguished international career, visiting Edward...

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