Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Bibliografische Inleiding Tot De Belgische Kloostergeschiedenis Voor 1796

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Bibliografische Inleiding Tot De Belgische Kloostergeschiedenis Voor 1796

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Bibliografische Inleiding tot de Belgische Kloostergeschiedenis voor 1796. 23 fascicles. [Brussels: Algemeen Rijksarchief. 1996-1999.]

This handy collection of twenty-three bibliographical studies will be of greatest use to specialists in the history of Netherlandish monasticism (especially what is now Belgium) before the French Revolution.

One can divide the studies into two sorts: those which approach the subject of monasticism rather broadly, and those which focus on a particular order. The former includes separate volumes on these topics: journals about monasticism, basic publications about each religious order, a basic bibliography in monastic history (subdivided into separate volumes on "Internal Structures," "Monastic Community," and "Seals"), published series on monasticism, encyclopedias and biographical dictionaries related to monasticism, archives of religious orders in Rome, and Netherlandish manuscripts on monasticism in the libraries of Paris. Although the focus is on Netherlandish experience, the editors have thoughtfully placed this in larger context by listing a significant amount of material on other areas of Europe as well.

The more specialized volumes pay greater attention to Netherlandish history, but these too include helpful introductions which set each order in context. These volumes treat the following topics: the Annunciation Sisters, the mona tic institutions of East Flanders, the same for West Flanders, the Wilhelmites, the Augustinians, the Augustinian Black Sisters, the Order of the Visitation of St. Mary, the Order of the Immaculate Conception, a collection of papers on various orders delivered at a 1997 conference in Brussels, and a slightly out-of-place study (because not primarily bibliographical) of a lawsuit involving the Black Sisters of Brussels between 1737 and 1741. …

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