The Challenge of a New Lifestyle

Ulrich L. Lehner

in Enlightened Monks

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595129
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729096 | DOI:
The Challenge of a New Lifestyle

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This chapter examines the changes in the life styles of the monks and refutes the thesis that there existed a shortage of religious vocations during the 18th century. Among the most important changes are a different understanding of time, which was no longer entirely shaped by religious duties but also by scholarly ambition and hobbies, the use of coffee, tea, and snuff as personal luxuries, and the increasing desire of monks to see the world and to go—like nobility—on grand tours.

Keywords: vocations; coffee; tea; snuff; understanding of time; personal luxuries; grand tour

Chapter.  15203 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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