Monasteries in the medieval and early modern economy
Marek Derwich (ed.), Klasztor w gospodarce średniowiecznej i nowożytnej = De monasterio in oeconomiam medii et recenztioris aevi posito et agende [Monasteries in the Medieval and Early Modern Economy] (Opera ad Historiam Monasticam Spectantia, Series I, Colloquia, 9), Wrocław: Wrocław Friends of History Society, LARHCOR, 2013, pp. 848, 49 ill., 4 maps, bibliography, index of names and places, introduction and summaries in English
From the publisher:
The present book is the sixth volume in the “Monasteries in…” series, this time devoted to the place and role of monasteries in the medieval and early modern economy. Monastic life demanded not only devotion to prayer or helping those in need, but also to work for the monastic community and its organisation. After all, monks had to eat and acquire funds for their congregations to be able to function. That is why they often needed to acquire funds from benefactors or with their own work finance their daily needs or long-term ventures. The articles collected in the book examine this part of monastic life in the Middle Ages and the early modern period, responding to questions about how monastic congregations shaped their budgets, what sources of income they had, whether the dominant role was played by donations from the faithful and foundations or by the monks’ own work, and in what areas of the economy the monks earned their living. Another important issue raised by the authors is the financial situation of monasteries dissolved in the late 18th and in the 19th century by the partitioning powers in the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.