Charterhouse (monastery)

Grande Chartreuse

A charterhouse (French: chartreuse; German: Kartause; Italian: certosa; Spanish: cartuja) is a monastery of Carthusian monks. The English word is derived by phono-semantic matching from the French word chartreuse[1] and it is therefore sometimes misunderstood to indicate that the houses were created by charter, a grant of legal rights by a high authority.

The actual namesake is instead the first monastery of the order, the Grande Chartreuse, which St Bruno of Cologne established in a valley of the Chartreuse Mountains in 1084.[2]

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  1. ^ Wedgwood, Hensleigh (1855). "On False Etymologies". Transactions of the Philological Society (6): 66.
  2. ^ "The Origin". The Carthusian Order. The Carthusian Order. Retrieved 9 March 2019.