Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Clark Maines

Major

College of Letters

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis examines the relationships between hospital foundations and medieval conceptions of poverty, charity, and urban communities between roughly 1000 and 1540. It looks at the development of Christian theology regarding charity, as well hospital foundations. Religious symbolism in the urban community and leprosy are also central topics. The city of York acts as a focus, but hospitals and sources from other locations in England and the continent are considered.

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