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The Origins of the English hospital

Watson, S. (2006) The Origins of the English hospital. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 16 (6th se). pp. 75-94. ISSN 0080-4401

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The hospital was brought to England by the Normans and rapidly absorbed into pre-Conquest frameworks of land-tenure, custom and alms. These charitable houses became a recognised and popular type of house, distinct in form and development from both monasteries and French hospitals. Although its constitution was not written, the early hospital had a consistent arrangement, physical in substance and purpose: it was a form of sited alms, with regular, visible, dependent provisioning. Its customary systems of support were public demonstrations (and thus repetitive commemorations) not only of the nature of its endowment and alms, but also of the founder's intent and generosity.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > History (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2009 11:04
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2009 11:04
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0080440106000466
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0080440106000466
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7760

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