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Enlightened MonksThe German Benedictines 1740-1803$
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Ulrich L. Lehner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199595129

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595129.001.0001

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3 The Challenge of a New Lifestyle

3 The Challenge of a New Lifestyle

(p.27) 3 The Challenge of a New Lifestyle
Enlightened Monks

Ulrich L. Lehner

Oxford University Press

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

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