Medieval Healthcare and the Rise of Charitable Institutions

The History of the Municipal Hospital

  • Tiffany A. Ziegler

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Tiffany A. Ziegler
    Pages 1-16
  3. The History of the Hospital

  4. Case Study of the Hospital of Saint John

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Tiffany A. Ziegler
      Pages 85-99
    3. Tiffany A. Ziegler
      Pages 101-117
  5. The Birth of the Municipal Hospital

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Tiffany A. Ziegler
      Pages 121-127
    3. Tiffany A. Ziegler
      Pages 129-133
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 135-155

About this book


Medieval Healthcare and the Rise of Charitable Institutions: The History of the Municipal Hospital examines the development of medieval institutions of care, beginning with a survey of the earliest known hospitals in ancient times to the classical period, to the early Middle Ages, and finally to the explosion of hospitals in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.  For Western Christian medieval societies, institutional charity was a necessity set forth by the religion’s dictums—care for the needy and sick was a tenant of the faith, leading to a unique partnership between Christianity and institutional care that would expand into the fledging hospitals of the early Modern period.  In this study, the hospital of Saint John in Brussels serves as an example of the developments. The institution followed the pattern of the establishment of medieval charitable institutions in the high Middle Ages, but diverged to become an archetype for later Christian hospitals. 


Hospital Medieval Charitable Institution High Middle Ages Saint John

Authors and affiliations

  • Tiffany A. Ziegler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryMidwestern State UniversityWichita FallsUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-02055-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-02056-9
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