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Breaking new ground: the monastic orders and economic development along the Northern European periphery c.1070 to c.1300

Citation
Oram R (2012) Breaking new ground: the monastic orders and economic development along the Northern European periphery c.1070 to c.1300. In: Ammannati & F (eds.) Religion and Religious Institutions in the European Economy 1000-1800 Religione E Istituzioni Religiose Nell'Economia Europea 1000-1800. Serie II - Atti delle 'Settimane di Studi' e altri Convegni, 43. Florence, Italy: Firenze University Press, pp. 331-343. http://digital.casalini.it/9788866551263

Abstract
This paper draws on the preliminary findings of a wider study undertaken by the author into the estate-building and management practices of over thirty reformed Benedictine or Augustinian monasteries along an arc extending from south-eastern Ireland in the west, through north-western England, Scotland and southern Scandinavia, to Poland.  Evidence for monastic economic development in these areas, and in particular records of programmes of land improvement or reclamation by monastic labour, is tested using the methodology developed by Constance Berman for Cistercian communities in southern France. This method permits a fresh consideration of the role of monks and canons in the economic development of the host societies into which they were implanted, stripped of the 'frontier' symbolism with which traditional narratives of especially reformed Benedictine colonisation are saturated.

Keywords
Augustinian; Benedictine; Cistercian; Cluniac; Premonstratensian; Tironensian; Denmark; England; France; Ireland; Poland; Scotland; colonisation; drainage; granges; novalia; arable; pastoral; rents; teinds; tithes; conversi; lay-brothers; tenants; labour; propaganda; Europeanisation

StatusPublished
Author(s)Oram, Richard
Title of seriesSerie II - Atti delle 'Settimane di Studi' e altri Convegni
Number in series43
Publication date31/12/2012
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/10687
PublisherFirenze University Press
Publisher URLhttp://digital.casalini.it/9788866551263
Place of publicationFlorence, Italy
ISBN9788866551232
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