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In the Western church, the title and position reserved for the superior in a community of nuns. In medieval iconography, abbesses typically wear the vestments of nuns, but are sometimes distinguished by a crozier and pectoral cross. This subject identifies the office or occupation of a named abbess, and includes unidentified abbesses. For a list of abbesses by name, follow the subject classifications: History > Historical Figures > Those Who Pray > Abbesses.
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