Do Good Unto All: Charity and Poor Relief Across Christian Europe, 1400-1800 - Studies in Early Modern European History (Hardback)
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Do Good Unto All: Charity and Poor Relief Across Christian Europe, 1400-1800 - Studies in Early Modern European History (Hardback)

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Published: 18/07/2023
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For nearly two millennia, Christians have tried to make sense of the Bible’s reminder that the poor are ‘always among us’. This volume explores the diverse range of ideas, institutions, and experiences early modern Europeans brought to bear in response to this biblical adage.

Do good unto all traces the concept and practice of charity across the four major early modern Christian confessions – Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, and Anabaptist – and over a wide range of geographical areas from Scotland to Switzerland and the Spanish Atlantic World. By bringing such a diverse set of localised studies into concert for the first time, this volume exposes the many intersections and tensions that arose between and within communities as they attempted to translate the ideal of charity into practice. This comparative approach shifts the focus from binary definitions of ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor or ‘Catholic’ and ‘Protestant’. Instead, Do good unto all charts a new course for the study of charity beyond institutional poor relief, where the matrix of individual ideas and experiences can be fully appreciated.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526162472
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 16 mm

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