Charity and Welfare: Hospitals and the Poor in Medieval Catalonia James Brodman

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Charity and Welfare: Hospitals and the Poor in Medieval Catalonia  by  James Brodman

Charity and Welfare: Hospitals and the Poor in Medieval Catalonia by James Brodman
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Hospitals were broadly conceived in the Middle Ages as establishments that received pilgrims and travelers, tended to the poor, and, with the professionalization of medicine, cared for the sick and dying. In CHARITY AND WELFARE, Dr. James Brodman surveys the networks of hospitals and charitable institutions in medieval Catalonia that gave food to the hungary, dowries to indigent women, shelter to the homeless, and palliative care to the ill.This book places Catalonias experience in a broader European context and gracefully synthesizes a huge amount of scholarship that is scattered in local and specialist sources.

It demonstrates how, just as contemporary society struggles with the issues of welfare reform, managed health care, and assistance to the elderly, so did the people of the Middle Ages deal with these questions of who to help and what criteria to use to make these decisions. In their assessments, they made a clear distinction between charity, aid given gratuitously and indiscriminately to others, and welfare, assistance targeted toward certain groups for particular, desired ends.In framing the medieval mentality concerning the poor, CHARITY AND WELFARE emphasizes the difference between secular and lay action, the crystallization of categories for the poor, and the emergence of charity and welfare as motivations for public assistance.

The author concludes that Catalan hospitals depended upon the close collaboration of church and state, a mixture of voluntary and public funding, and a combination of religious and secular values.



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