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 ajs5w@virginia.edu.

Anne Jacobson Schutte
Professor of History, emerita
University of Virginia
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