IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 209: Administering the Poor in Medieval Eastern and Western European Hospitals

Monday 12 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Mark P. O'Tool, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Moderator/Chair:John Henderson, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London / School of Philosophy, History & International Studies, Monash University
Paper 209-aHospitals between Cleric, Magistrate, and Medic: Clash of Cultures or Negotiated Settlement?
(Language: English)
Ad Tervoort, Department of Medieval History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Index terms: Medicine, Religious Life
Paper 209-bClash of Cultures - Clash of Functions: Cultural Negotiation of Hospital Functions in Medieval Poland
(Language: English)
Wladyslaw Roczniak, Graduate School & University Center, City University of New York
Index terms: Medicine, Religious Life
Paper 209-cThe Bourgeois Leading the Blind: Relations between Hospital Administrators and the Disabled
(Language: English)
Mark P. O'Tool, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Index terms: Daily Life, Lay Piety, Medicine, Social History
Paper 209-dThe Commemoration of the Benefactors in the Hospitals of Deventer and Leiden
(Language: English)
Annemarie Speetjens, Department of Medieval History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine
Abstract

During the Middle Ages the hospital was the primary charitable institution sustaining the poor, the ill, and the disabled. This panel examines a complex clash between the ecclesiastical and secular cultures of hospital administrators and the marginal culture of the inmates occurring within a controlled and institutionalized framework. By comparing and contrasting practices within Eastern and Western European settings it is possible to draw a more complete picture of how charitable institutions, and the men and women affected by them, negotiated the wants and needs of different socio-economic classes that combined to produce our cultures of sharing and giving.