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Sidney Pollard

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206385

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206385.001.0001

The Medieval Monasteries

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(p.161) 7 The Medieval Monasteries
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Marginal Europe
Author(s):

SIDNEY POLLARD

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206385.003.0008

This chapter considers the role of the monasteries in the Middle Ages as agencies of technical and commercial innovation. There was a second source of economic advancement on marginal lands in the Middle Ages. It was to be found in the economic actions, and particularly the agrarian initiatives, of the monastic foundations in western and northern, and ultimately, also, in eastern Europe. Monasteries exemplify the tendency for advanced techniques to be found in marginal lands. Monasteries and convents required men and women willing to lead dedicated communal lives within the discipline of one or other monastic order. The enlargement of their number also required donors willing to provide resources, which essentially meant land, for the religious houses to live on. Among those who possessed large enough tracts of land to make the appropriate gifts available were rulers and powerful lords.

Keywords:   agrarian, marginal lands, economic advancement, monasticism

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