The Keldholme Priory election dispute occurred in Yorkshire, England, in
1308. The Archbishop of York, William Greenfield, appointed one of the
nuns to lead the house after a series of resignations by its prioresses.
His candidate, Emma de Ebor', was deemed unacceptable by many nuns, and
she resigned three months later. The Archbishop next appointed Joan de
Pykering from nearby Rosedale Priory, but the nuns resisted her as well.
The Archbishop attempted to quash the nuns' rebelliousness, exiling some
to surrounding priories and threatening others with excommunication. The
convent was not deterred, and eventually Greenfield allowed the nuns to
elect one of their number again. They first re-elected Emma de
Stapleton, who had been prioress in 1301, but she also became unpopular,
and resigned. They eventually re-elected Emma de Ebor'. The election
dispute evaporated, and little more was heard of the priory until its
dissolution in 1536.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keldholme_Priory_election_dispute>
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