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Charity and Community in Medieval Cambridge (Miri Rubin) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 9780521893985
Charity and Community in Medieval Cambridge (Miri Rubin) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 9780521893985
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Title: Charity and Community in Medieval Cambridge

Author: Rubin, Miri

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2002

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521893985

Volumes: 1; Pages: 379

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This study develops our understanding of medieval society through an examination of its charitable activities. In a detailed study of the forms in which relief was organised in medieval Cambridge and Cambridgeshire, the book unravels the economic and demographic factors which created the need for relief as well as the forms in which the community offered it. With continual reference to the religious teachings of priests and friars and the changing ideas of lay piety, Dr Rubin relates the changing forms of charitable giving to the shift in attitudes towards community and social order, towards relations between laity and clergy, and towards the poor. A local study is thus set in a wide comparative context, drawing together contributions in the fields of social, religious, economic and urban history.ContentsList of tablesAcknowledgementsList of abbreviationsMap1. Introduction2. The economic background: supply and demand for charity3. The idea of charity between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries4. The charitable houses of medieval Cambridge and its surroundings5. Life in a medieval hospital: the hospital of St John, Cambridge6. The religious and economic functions of the hospital of St John7. Corporate and individual acts of charity8. EpilogueAppendicesBibliographyIndex
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