Although at first robust, the Norman ruler’s patronage of monasteries appears to have waned signifcantly after the death of Roger I in 1101. Certain regions were focuses of monastic activity wheras others were relatively untouched. As for the spirtual patrons these communities honored, they, to, became more restricted as time went on.
Although the Normans were in control of Sicily by 1091, some 83% of the society’s monasteries were located in just 3 regions, the modern provinces of Messina, Palermo and Catania
Although it is difficult to get at this question, our limited evidence suggests it was…though there were exceptions
An examination of Siculo-Norman monasteries and their dedications revelas that although the Normans maintained control over the monastic orders - the “hard power” that could have strong political ramifications on the island - they were less focused on streamlining the softer power that was represented by the cults of the saints.
Was the foundation of the seemingly random priory of St. George of Gratteri an attempt to woo a bride and her very powerful dad?
Why were there so few nuns?