Beggar
(828 words)

The church’s high regard for poverty, for religious reasons, and the duty of Christians to help the undeservedly poor were queried for the first time around the middle of the 14th century. Although the notion of charity when dealing with beggars lived on throughout the entire early modern period, there was an increasingly critical way of looking at the associated problems. In the cities in particular from the 16th century there were enhanced efforts to deal with fraudulent begging [4. 49–52]. The sharpened criticism of “professional” and fraudulent collecting of alms led to…

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Ammerer, Gerhard, “Beggar”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 24 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017552>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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