The relationship between monasteries and nobility was of importance throughout the Middle Ages. For years, decades, or even centuries relationships could at times be peaceful and friendly, and at times difficult and tense. The volume first describes the central act of the founding of monasteries, in which noble families often played a role as founder, but also at times as reeves, as benefactors and supporters, or simply as members of the spiritual community. Attention is then turned to memorials, which include the simple act of prayer and remembrance of the deceased, but which also include founder commemorations, and honorary family crypts. Finally, the volume presents "family chronicles" of the large and influential families and the importance monasteries played in their commemoration. German text.