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The foundation of hospitals
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This chapter explores the foundation of various individual hospitals. It considers the physical location of the facilities, the identity of the founders, and the motivation of those founders, along with a discussion of the communal context and jurisdictional structures under which they originally operated. There is a plethora of notarial documentation from cities in the Lombard region that gives evidence for the foundation of hospitals in the area. While hospitals were located throughout the medieval city, early charters suggest that a common feature of many was their location near the gates of the city, and often along major roads. The frequent reference to roads and gates in the documentation of hospital foundations has led some scholars to conclude that the primary purpose of the hospital was simply as a hostel for poorer pilgrims and travellers.

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Hospitals and charity

Religious culture and civic life in medieval northern Italy


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