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Hospitals and Charity: Religious Culture and Civic Life in Medieval Northern Italy

Sally Mayall Brasher

Abstract

Medieval hospitals in Italy, originally intended to house pilgrims and comfort the dying, evolved from religious institutions reflecting communal and personal piety to civic facilities intended to provide a comprehensive social welfare and medical service to the urban community. The founding and management of hospitals provided a means for the acquisition of political power and social status for the new urban elites. Brasher’s study provides the first comprehensive examination of the foundation of small independent hospitals throughout the region beginning in the twelfth century and then consi ... More

Keywords: Hospitals, Charity, Medieval, Italy, Political power, Social status

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526119285
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526119285.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sally Mayall Brasher, author
Shepherd University