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Monastery Prisons and the Enlightenment

Ulrich L. Lehner

in Enlightened Monks

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595129
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729096 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595129.003.0006
Monastery Prisons and the Enlightenment

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Monastery prisons had been used since the High Middle Ages for incorrigible monks. In the 18th century, however, their use was heavily criticized due to the often inhumane treatment of the prisoners. Often, proponents of new ideas and followers of Enlightenment ideals were incarcerated. Two cases are examined, in which, respectively, imprisonment and the fear of imprisonment caused melancholy, depression and finally suicide.

Keywords: monastery prison; depression; suicide; violence; heresy

Chapter.  9553 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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