The Littlemore Priory scandals of 1517 and 1518 involved accusations of
sexual immorality and brutal violence. The Benedictine priory in
Oxfordshire, England, was very small and poor and had a history of
troubled relations with its bishop. Katherine Wells, the prioress of
Littlemore, was accused of putting nuns in the stocks for extended
periods and physically assaulting them. She entertained men in her
parlour, had a baby by the priory's chaplain and pawned the priory's
jewels to pay for the child's upbringing; at least one other nun also
had a child. On one occasion several nuns broke out of the priory
through a window and escaped into the surrounding villages. The bishop
launched an investigation, and in 1525 the priory was closed. It was one
of the priories that Cardinal Wolsey suppressed during the 1520s. The
house became a farmstead and was gradually pulled down; only one
original building survived into the 21st century.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littlemore_Priory_scandals>
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