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I. Charitable Institutions – II. Social Sciences – III. Practical Theology

I. Charitable Institutions

Christian antiquity was already familiar with various kinds of “Xenodochium,” such as hospitals for the sick, foundlings, etc. While the independent hospital continued in the Byzantine realm, the Western hospital in the early and High Middle Ages was not an independent institution but it belonged to a monaste…

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Butz, Norbert and Klessmann, Michael, “Hospitals”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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