This database supplements my forthcoming book,By Force and Fear: Taking and Breaking Monastic Vows in Early Modern Europe, a study of forced monachization in the period 1668-1793. It supplies references to the various bodies of materials pertaining to the Congregation of the Council on which I drew for the cases I consider, all of which are held in the Archivio Segreto Vaticano. I hope that it will prove useful to scholars investigating further the fascinating phenomenon of elders' compelling adolescents to enter religious life. Please address questions to me at

Anne Jacobson Schutte
Professor of History, emerita
University of Virginia
Cannaregio 3314/e
30121 Venezia, Italy