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    Introduction: charity and the poor in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

    Henderson, John (1988) Introduction: charity and the poor in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. [Editorial/Introduction]

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    This special issue of Continuity and Change is based in part on the proceedings of a conference on poverty in Italy and England between 1300 and 1600, held at Somerville College, Oxford, on 20 September 1986. The aim in adopting a comparative approach was to attempt to overcome the common historiographical divide which has dominated most studies of poor relief, between, on the one hand, northern and southern Europe and, on the other hand, late medieval and early modern history. The objectives of both the conference and this volume were largely the same. First, to look at the changes in the main institutional systems of poor relief in Italy and England; secondly, to examine other more informal systems of charity at the local level of parish, family and kin; and finally to survey some of the causes of impoverishment, and especially widowhood and ill health.


    Item Type: Editorial/Introduction
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 15:48
    Last Modified: 30 Jan 2017 15:48


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