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Internal life of the hospital
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As much of the documentation for various medieval hospitals is fragmentary and obscure, it is difficult to reach broad conclusions regarding the administrative model, physical composition, or daily life of a hospital over the entire course of its existence. However, the author does have ample documentation for a few hospitals that must serve anecdotally to illustrate the internal life of these communities. It is possible to ascertain some information regarding the social status and living conditions of lay staff of the hospital community from inventories such as the one for Ospedale Rodolfo Tanzi and as oblation ceremonies and testamentary bequests. On those occasions when the church officials did intercede in the affairs of the hospital, the outcome was often the imposition or reinforcement of a 'rule' or statute of operation.

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Hospitals and charity

Religious culture and civic life in medieval northern Italy


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