Flines Abbey

Flines Abbey (French: Abbaye de Flines; also L'Honneur Notre-Dame de Flines) was a Cistercian nunnery in Flines-lez-Raches near Douai, in the Nord department of France. It was founded in about 1234 by Countess Margaret of Flanders, and served as the burial place not only of Margaret in 1278 but of Margaret's husband William II of Dampierre (body transferred to Saint-Dizier in 1257) and their son Guy, Count of Flanders (1304), as well as of Guy's wives Matilda of Béthune (1263) and Isabelle of Luxembourg (1298).[1]

Flines Abbey from the south, in the cartulary of the Duke of Croÿ (probably 1603)

The abbey owned farms in Faumont, Nomain, Coutiches, Cantin, Lambersart and Howardries (Belgium). It was destroyed in the French Revolution; the last remains disappeared in the middle of the 19th century.[1]


  1. ^ a b Monseigneur Hautcœur, 1874 (new edition 1909): Histoire de l'abbaye de Flines. Lille: Quarré

Further readingEdit

  • Bernadette Barrière and Marie-Elisabeth Montulet-Henneau (eds.), 2001: Cîteaux et les femmes. Architectures et occupation de l'espace dans les monastères féminins. Modalités d'intégration et de contrôle des femmes dans l'Ordre. Les moniales cisterciennes aujourd'hui. Créaphis éditions: Grâne (transactions of a colloquium in 1998)
  • Cistercian Sites in Europe, 2012: Charte Européenne des Abbayes et Sites Cisterciens, p. 62

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Coordinates: 50°25′24″N 3°10′21″E / 50.42333°N 3.17250°E / 50.42333; 3.17250