The ledger book

This ledger was where the administrative details of the monastery in the eighteenth century were recorded. Its contents are hand-written in the Catalan language. On the open page you can see annotations made regarding revenues and expenses in 1766, as well as the overall harvest for that year of all the produce of the lands held by the monastery, which were sold to support the monastery.

Vineyards were essential to the day to day functioning of the monastery, not only for the wine used in mass but because wine was the primary drink of the monks. The gardens and the grain fields were also vital to the monastery, as were products such as lamp oil and wax, the symbolic material of church civilisation. Furthermore, salt was a very prized material, especially for the preservation of fish, since other meats were forbidden.

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