Sienese Hospitals Within and Beyond the City Walls

Sienese Hospitals Within and Beyond the City Walls

Charity and the Ospedale di Santa Maria della Scala, 1400–1600

This book combines the history of charitable institutions with the study of power in urban and rural spaces from the late medieval to the early modern era. Focusing on the Ospedale di Santa Maria della Scala in Siena, the book goes beyond examining hospitals in an urban context to also consider the significant impact of charitable institutions in rural spaces. Case studies of Santa Maria della Scala's farms allow an investigation of the relationship between urban institutions and their rural properties, while looking at subject hospitals outside the Sienese state offers a glimpse into the competition for power with non-Sienese entities. As Siena's politics shifted in the sixteenth century, Santa Maria della Scala and its rural spaces became sites where power was negotiated. The book thus demonstrates how geographies of power affected the practice of charity for both urban hospitals and the rural communities they influenced.
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. A Most Pious House: Charity and Power in the City
  • Chapter 2. An Extended Family: Rural Charity and Power in the Contado
  • Chapter 3. Spaces of Charity Beyond Siena’s Borders: The Spedali di Fuori
  • Chapter 4. Charity and Power in Crisis: Shifting Dynamics
  • Chapter 5. Power in the Granducato
  • Epilogue. Santa Maria della Scala’s Spaces of Charity after 1600
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index



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