Runaway monks deserve the interest of historians because they constitute a real chapter in the history of a the monastery, namely one about dissent. Also, the individual reports of these escapees give the modern reader a better insight into the monks' personal lives and their understanding of chastity, poverty and obedience. In this chapter, three runaway monks (and one runaway abbot) are introduced: one who escaped to become a Lutheran university professor, one who became a Calvinist Enlightenment writer in Berlin, and one who escaped to London due to an abusive abbot and got married only out of necessity.
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