Monastic Prisons and Torture Chambers: Crime and Punishment in Central European Monasteries, 1600-1800
Following the Council of Trent (1545-1563), Catholic religious orders underwent substantial reform. Nevertheless, on occasion monks and nuns had to be disciplined and—if they had committed a crime—punished. Consequently, many religious orders relied on sophisticated criminal law traditions that included torture, physical punishment, and prison sentences. Ulrich L. Lehner provides for the first time an overview of how monasteries in central Europe prosecuted crime and punished their members, and thus introduces a host of new questions for anyone interested in state-church relations, gender questions, the history of violence, or the development of modern monasticism.
Cascade Books (Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers)
History of Christianity | Medieval History | Medieval Studies
Table of Contents
Introduction: Legends, Myths, and Misconceptions
1. Confinement for Criminals and the Insane—Differences between Orders and Genders
2. What Was a Monastic Prison Like?
3. Orders with and without “Prisons”: Differences between Orders and Genders
4. The Franciscan “Criminal Trial”
5. Physical Assault and Assassination Attempts in Female Convents
6. Fornication and Child Abuse
7. Escapes from the Cloister