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Saint Monday
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Saint Monday (the “saint” here an adjective meaning “sacred”; also “Good Monday”; German Blauer Montag, “Blue Monday”), was the name given to a shortening of the working week or season (usually at the beginning of the week) that is recorded in many European regions, especially in the industrial trades and crafts, from the 14th century on. The shortening consisted of single days or parts of days following important landmarks of the economic or liturgical year (e.g. trade fairs, annual fairs, festivals, holidays), or on agreed Mondays irrespective of date. Work was cancel…

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Buchner, Thomas, “Saint Monday”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017692>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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