- Hardcover: 414 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521590906
- ISBN-13: 978-0521590907
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,027,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prosperity and Plunder: European Catholic Monasteries in the Age of Revolution, 1650-1815
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"An illuminating study of an understudied topic... Recommended." Choice
"...Beales' book provides fantastic new insights into the social and economic evolution of Catholic states in Western Europe from a monastic perspective." EH. NET, Lars M. Boerner, Institute of Economic History, School of Economics and Business, Humboldt Universtaet(Berlin)
"Beales has written a stunning book."
George Mariz, Western Washington University, Utopian Studies
In the Catholic countries of seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Europe, communities of monks and nuns were growing in number and wealth. They constructed vast buildings, dominated education, and played a large part in the practice and patronage of learning, music, and the arts. This lavishly-illustrated book offers a unique, comparative description of these communities, their wealth, growth, life, and importance--and then explains their catastrophic decline and fall between 1750 and 1815 by reforming rulers, 'Enlightenment', and the French Revolution.
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