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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1618: Hospitals in Urban Society, II

Thursday 13 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Wien
Organiser:Herwig Weigl, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung / Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Moderator/Chair:Brigitte Resl, School of Histories, Languages & Cultures, University of Liverpool
Paper 1618-aReligion as Medicine: Hospitals, Art, and Healing the Poor in Renaissance Italy
(Language: English)
John Henderson, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London / School of Philosophy, History & International Studies, Monash University
Index terms: Art History - General, Lay Piety, Medicine
Paper 1618-bBetween Life and Death: Liturgical Aspects of Communion and Extreme Unction in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Stina Fallberg Sundmark, Department of Theology, Uppsala Universitet
Index terms: Lay Piety, Liturgy
Paper 1618-cHospitals between Clergy and Laity in Southern Germany
(Language: English)
Herwig Weigl, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung / Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Social History

These two sessions will address the various ways in which (late) medieval hospitals were integrated into urban society. Aspects of piety and charity, medicine, art, administration and space will be discussed. Different regions of Europe (England, Dalmatia,Tuscany, Germany) were deliberately chosen to compare different social and cultural backgrounds. These sessions are a follow-up to "Care for the Poor in the Middle Ages: A European Survey" at IMC 2005.

Abstract paper -b: During the Late Middle Ages the ideal was to die within the community of the Church. To receive the last sacraments before death was a prerequisite to gain salvation. Therefore the visitation of the sick and preparation for death with receiving and giving respectively of absolution, communion, and extreme unction was a right for all parishioners and a duty of every parish priest. The paper will focus on liturgical aspects of this kind of pastoral care.