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TitleCatholic charity in perspective: the social life of devotion in Portugal and its Empire (1450-1700)
Author(s)Sá, Isabel dos Guimarães
Catholic and Protestant Europe
State Building
Issue date2004
Journale-Journal of Portuguese History
Abstract(s)This article tries to outline the major differences between practices of charity within Europe, either comparing Catholics to Protestants, or different Catholic areas. The point of departure is constituted by the study of the Misericórdias, lay confraternities under royal protection who would develop as one of the main (if not the greatest) dispensers of charity either in Portugal or its Empire. Its evolution since the formation of the first misericórdia in Lisbon to the end of the seventeenth century is analysed, relating these confraternities to political, social and religious changes that occurred in the period under analysis. Issues related to their functioning, membership, rules, and economic activities, as well as the types of needy they cared for, are also dealt with, mainly through the comparison of different colonial and metropolitan misericórdias.
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Appears in Collections:CECS - Artigos em revistas internacionais / Articles in international journals
DH - Artigos em Revistas Nacionais/Papers in National Journals

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