Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Arts
Coon, Lynda L
Pierce, Michael S.
In this honors thesis, I examine the development of the Cistercian monastic order, founded around 1098 CE, within the contexts of the burgeoning of a new kind of monastic business, moneylending, usury, and mercantilism of the high Middle Ages. I argue that the immense anxieties of the Cistercian Order concerning the practices of moneylending and participation in the larger economic system, particularly regarding grants of land, arose primarily from the orderâ€™s preoccupation with ritual purity, both of the individual monk and of the monastery as a physical space.
Smith, Lindsey, "The lure of lucre and the hurdle of poverty: the Cistercian fusion of spirituality and monastic business" (2012). History Undergraduate Honors Theses. 2.