Sally Mayall Brasher
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Jurisdictional disputes
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This chapter examines the jurisdictional disputes which reflect the transition in hospital governance from the lay initiative of individuals founders, through the assertion of ecclesiastical oversight and finally to oversight by an increasingly centralized communal government. Often, evidence of how external political strife adversely affected charitable institutions is illustrated through the jurisdictional disputes in which the communities became involved. Relations between Ospedale Rodolfo Tanzi, the bishop of Parma, and the city of Parma, illustrate how frustrated citizenry increasingly organized in response to the political meddling of ecclesiastical and imperial powers in civic life. A crisis in the administration of the Italian hospital occurred in the early to mid-fourteenth century and mirrored the general crisis of the age. The endemic conflict between and within cities, and with the institutional church and imperial powers, resulted in a politicization of all civic organizations, but in particular of the administration of the hospital.

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Hospitals and charity

Religious culture and civic life in medieval northern Italy


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