Monasteries Essay, Research Paper


Colossal and rich in C8 (Lorsch and Fulda). ?

Nobles provided them with patronage for spiritual

provision. Also were a good political club to join ? different families

supported different monasteries etc.. ?

Hence attraction in C8 for kings to make monastic

reforms. Could take moral high ground and make big profits ? could exert pol

lever ? appointment of abbots and dishing out of benefices. ?

Carolingians regarded themselves as divinely supported.

Success was self-confirming. ?

Church reform allows interference ? land and

ideological resources came together. ?

Biggest monasteries were built on periphery ? this is

where problems of plugging local aristocracy into the political system were

most acute. ?

All this increases quality of imperial theatre

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