I have already referred to one of the greatest of these abbesses, Hild of Whitby.
Also, at Beaconsfield, the abbesses took part in the council.
As such she is incarnate in the abbesses of several monasteries, particularly Samding on lake Yamdok.
The nearest relatives of mighty sovereigns had dwelt as abbesses within its walls.
Her name is among the five abbesses who signed a charter granting church privileges at a Kentish Witanagemot.
Thus the suppression of religious houses in England put an end to the representation of abbesses.
King Edgar's charter to the Abbey of Crowland, in 961, was with consent of the nobles and abbesses who signed that charter.
While they were more amenable to the clergy than were the monks, the abbesses were nevertheless tenacious of their privileges.
Abbesses though they might be, they were still the children who had played in their father's garden only a few weeks before.
Your abbesses and prioresses have all passed through my hands, and you need have no fear if I visit your virginity.