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Description - Monastery

Heer Florenshuis, Broeders des gemenen levens in Deventer, Overijssel, NL

MeMO institution ID and name
MeMO institution ID 318
Name (Dutch) Heer Florenshuis, Broeders des gemenen levens
Name (English) Florens's House, Brethren of the Common Life
Patron saint(s)
Additional remarks The name of the house refers to the chantry priest Florens Radewijnsz, who succeeded Geert Grote as head of the religious movement which came to be known as the Devotio Moderna
Location (according to current geography)
Province Overijssel, NL - Netherlands
Settlement Deventer
Coordinates 208/474A
Diocese before 1559 Utrecht
Diocese after 1559 Deventer
Parish Deventer - Onze Lieve Vrouwe
Date of foundation 1381
Founder(s) or main benefactor(s) Florens Radewijnsz, Zwedera van Ruinen
Religious order
Type of religious order Brethren of the Common Life
Associated with Colloquium Zwolle
Type of institution men
Mother house no
Name of the mother house
Phases in the institutional history 1381: Devout community in Flroens Radewijns's chantry house in the Engesteeg. 1383: Brethren of the Common Life. 1391: relocation to a house in the Pontsteeg, put at the disposal of the brethren by Zwedera van Ruinen (Heer Florenshuis)
Date of transition to secular management
Date of dissolution 1574
Additional remarks Together with the Brethren's House in Zwolle, Florens's House in Deventer had a leading position within the Devotio Moderna.
Extant memorial objects and/or texts concerning memoria
Memorial objects
Text carriers
Type of extant material institution archive/archival material
Short description of the material SA Deventer: 1056.
Holding institution(s)
Name Athenaeumbibliotheek
Settlement Deventer, Overijssel, NL
Additional remarks
Type of extant material extant manuscripts and printed books
Storage slightly spread
Short description of the material Manuscripts (Stooker and Verbeij): 315-317. Also Brussels, RL, and Zwolle, HCO Collection Emmanuelshuizen
Holding institution(s)
Name Athenaeumbibliotheek
Settlement Deventer, Overijssel, NL
Additional remarks
  • Leesch, W; Weiler, A.G.; Persoons, E, Monasticon Fratrum Vitae Communis. III: Niederlande (Brussel 2004), 89-169
  • Nalis, Henk, Het gebouwde erfgoed in Deventer, in: Goudriaan, Koen, Vernieuwde innigheid. Over de Moderne Devotie, Geert Grote en Deventer (Nieuwegein 2008), 104-131, 109-114
  • Schoengen, M., Monasticon Batavum II De Augustijnsche orden, benevens de broeders en zusters van het gemeene leven (Amsterdam 1941), 48
  • Weiler, A.G., Volgens de norm van de vroege kerk. De geschiedenis van de huizen van de broeders van het Gemene leven in Nederland (Nijmegen 1997), 4-25

Building history

General date of construction
Church or chapel(s)
Burial ground
Date of consecration
Date of clearance
Extant building remnants
Additional remarks Important remains of Florens's House have been preserved in the house Engestraat 2-4. During the years 1963-1968, an old school situated behind this house was demolished. At that occasion, the cellar of the chapel of Florens's House was discovered, together with extensive remains of the chapel of the neighbouring House of Lamme van Diesen. At present, the cellar is transformed into a heritage centre for the Devotio Moderna, under the auspices of the Stichting Geert Groote Huis Deventer.
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