I'm reading a book on monasticism (The World of Medieval Monasticism, by Melville) and the author very often makes statements like "by year X, there were Y monasteries in Europe with around Z members" (sometimes offering sources). I was prompted to search online for historical statistics on monasteries (by order, gender, country, etc). From the book I'm reading as well as online searches, the information (at least to a general degree) seem to be around (e.g. a paper with statistics about women communities for the period 500-1100 AD is here). However, these sources seem to be partial. I was not able to find a resource collating in a systematic way all the information.

Are you aware of any such resource (reference book, database)?

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    The author, Gert Melville, is a professor of history so there is presumably a bibliography. At the very least provide that in the question and highlight in what ways it is inadequate for your needs. – Pieter Geerkens Apr 11 at 16:18
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    Also look at the notes towards the end of the book. When present, such notes tie bibliographic references with whatever was on the page, without cluttering a book's pages like they do in pop culture psychology books. – Denis de Bernardy Apr 11 at 18:41
  • @PieterGeerkens The book is indeed full of sources. I mentioned one example of a source with partial information. I stated that the information seems to be around. I was not able to find a resource collating in a systematic way all the information. That's what I want. – luchonacho Apr 11 at 20:30
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    @luchonacho that information should be in the question. – Mark C. Wallace Apr 26 at 4:26

For recent history, the Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiæ (an annual almanac) contains information about numbers of priests and religious.

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