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Just Another Day in the Neighborhood: Collective Female Donation Practices at the Hospital of Saint John in Brussels

  • Tiffany A. Ziegler
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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Abstract

This chapter examines female donations given to the thirteenth-century hospital of Saint John in Brussels that help to reveal the greater transitive nature of female pious gifts in the high Middle Ages. Practices, such as the alienation of property to religious institutions, which were once available to only noblewomen, were adopted by women living in urban centers. Some of the urban women donors occupied an elite status, i.e., wife of the castellan, alderman, or knights, while others came from the more common ranks. The donations at the hospital of Saint John provide a reassessment of traditional male and female spaces within the city structure. They demonstrate that female donors were as typical and as powerful as their male counterparts.

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  • Tiffany A. Ziegler
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  1. 1.Midwestern State UniversityWichita FallsUSA

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