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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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Runaway Monks

Runaway Monks

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Enlightened Monks

Ulrich L. Lehner

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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

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