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Runaway Monks

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/9780199595129.003.0007
Runaway Monks

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Runaway monks deserve the interest of historians because they constitute a real chapter in the history of a the monastery, namely one about dissent. Also, the individual reports of these escapees give the modern reader a better insight into the monks' personal lives and their understanding of chastity, poverty and obedience. In this chapter, three runaway monks (and one runaway abbot) are introduced: one who escaped to become a Lutheran university professor, one who became a Calvinist Enlightenment writer in Berlin, and one who escaped to London due to an abusive abbot and got married only out of necessity.

Keywords: runaway monks; autobiographies; understanding of vocation; Protestantism; Lutheranism; Calvinism; anti‐Enlightenment

Chapter.  19290 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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