Anselm GrÃƒÂ¼n terminated his school years in 1964 with the A-level equivalent Abitur at the grammar school in WÃƒÂ¼rzburg, Germany. In the same year he began as a novice at the nearby Benedictine MÃƒÂ¼nsterschwarzach Abbey. From 1965 to 1971 he studied philosophy and theology at St. Ottilien Archabbey and in Rome. 1974 he made his PhD in theology having a focus on Karl Rahner. From 1974 to 1976 Anselm GrÃƒÂ¼n studied Business in Nuremberg. His first book "Reinheit des Herzens" ("Pureness of heart") was published in 1976. More than 200 books followed and have sold about 14 million copies.