The Challenge of a New Liberty

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 Liberty

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This chapter discusses monks' increasing desire for more personal liberties and freedom, e.g. more privacy. Members of monastic communities increasingly appealed to higher authorities when they felt unjustly treated or even tried to bring more democratic elements into the constitution of an abbey. Also the question of dilapidated monasteries is treated in this chapter as well as how the Benedictines reacted to the French Revolution and some of its challenges.

Keywords: liberty; individual freedom; dilapidation; moral reform; French Revolution; privacy

Chapter.  14472 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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