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SUMMARY

BOOK X.

CHAPTERI,

Survey of the ages of faith in relation to the love of peace resumed–The monasteries—Their diffusion, proof of the pacific spirit-Some of the most eminent enumerated— The monks truly pacific men—Therefore a review of the monasteries essential to the completion of the history commenced in the ninth book

p. 9

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Journey to the monasteries—The site generally beautiful and favorable to peaceful impressions-Advantages from the locality-The monks loved mountaios, islands, forests, and, in general, the beauties of nature around them, which they sought to sanctify

p. 57

CHAPTER V.

The journey continued, and beguiled by narratives relative to the origin of some monasteries- Arrival at the abbey

p. 83

CHAPTER VI.

The monastic buildings described – The gate-The exterior—The offices, gardens, enclosures for herbs—The fortifications of some abbeys explained-Architectural beauty of many-Sim. plicity and poverty of the ancient–The refectory—The halls for hospitality – The charity of the monks to strangers—The interior decorations, paintings, images, inscriptions

p. 101

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CHAPTER VII.

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CHAPTER XV.

The monastic occupations-Mooks not idle men-Idleness distinguished from the ability and desire to enjoy sanctiferi leisure-The labors of the mouks as missionaries, as redeemers of captives, as ministers to the public in times of calamity—The regular occupations-Agri. cultural and public works-Tue monks as poets, musicians, and painters

p. 359

CHAPTER XVI.

Conversation in the cloister—The ascetic wisdom of the monks – Mysticism in the cloister -Narratives of wiraculous events-Visions-Familiar discourses and stories of the monks

p. 379

CHAPTER XVII.

The peace of cloistral life—Testimonies of monks—Their friendship within and without the monastery—Their attachment to their respective cells, houses, and orders—The monastic diaries indicate contentment-Monks of one order loved and revered those of another-The peace and affection wbich subsisted between monks and the secular clergy-Interruptions to this barmony-Cases of exception-The love evinced by bishops for religious orders-The monastic exemptions explained-Hostility to the monastic orders incompatible with faith. p. 408

CHAPTER XVIII.

The influence of the religious orders—The monks were the friends of the poor-Their services to the great and to the wbole com

ommunity

P. 451

CHAPTER XIX.

A survey of the charters, to discover the sources of monastic wealth-The motives of founders and benefactors-Monasteries regarded as instruments of spiritual, social, and political peace-The men who founded and protected them were of the number of the pacific-Conclusion that in monasteries the world has seen a type of peace

P. 468

CHAPTER XX,

Return from the monastery-Visit hermits by the way-The eremitical a distinct branch of the pacific family-Hermits from earliest times—The siles which they generally inhabited Their lives -Employment and office in the Church-The peace which they enjoyed with all creatures-Descent from their mountain to the scenes to be presented in the next book, where the faithful suffer persecution for the sake of justice

P. 497

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