Poverty and Charity : Europe, Italy, Venice, 1400-1700, Hardback Book

Poverty and Charity : Europe, Italy, Venice, 1400-1700 Hardback

Part of the Variorum Collected Studies series


The essays in this collection, first published over a thirty-year period, attempt to show how Roman Catholic communities in early modern Europe (particularly the great cities of Italy, and Venice above all) treated poor people and organized poor relief. Some essays discuss the principal groupings of poor, from the genteel, 'shamefaced' poor to orphans and foundlings, and from working folk to idle rogues. Others examine the motives and functions of the principal types of organization that dealt with poor people, either incidentally or as their main concern: religious brotherhoods, hospitals, conservatories, public loan banks, houses for the conversion of Jews and Muslims to Christianity. One main argument is that, although Catholics and Protestants shared a dislike and fear of vagrancy and reacted in similar ways to economic crises, Catholic charity was in many respects quite different from Protestant. Les essais contenus dans ce recueil, initialement parus sur une periode de trente-quatre ans, tentent de montrer comment les communautes catholiques (romaines), A l'aube de l'Europe moderne (particulierement dans les grandes cites italiennes et surtout A Venise), traitaient les pauvres et organisaient leur soutien. Certains essais s'interessent aux principaux groupements de pauvres: des pauvres decents et honteux , aux orphelins et enfants trouves, ainsi que des travailleurs aux bons A rien. D'autres examinent les motifs et fonctions des principaux types d'organisations qui s'occupaient des pauvres, soit de faAon occasionnelle ou en tant qu'activite principale: confreries religieuses , hospices, conservatoires, caisses d'emprunts publiques, centres de conversion au Christianisme pour Juifs et Musulmans. Un des arguments principaux etant le suivant: Catholiques et Protestants, bien que partageant la mAme peur et le mAme degoA"t vis A vis du vagabondage et que reagissant de faAon analogue face aux situations de crise e


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780860784463


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