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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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4 The Challenge of a New Liberty

4 The Challenge of a New Liberty

(p.54) 4 The Challenge of a New Liberty
Enlightened Monks

Ulrich L. Lehner

Oxford University Press

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

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