By Amy G. Oden

This quantity presents an anthology of approximately forty fundamental resource records that describe the paintings of non secular groups that took care of pilgrims and the ailing within the past due vintage and early medieval global. The venture identifies letters, diary money owed, directions, sermons, travelogues, and group files and principles that supply us a window right into a international of early groups that observed it as their accountability and their privilege to take care of the ailing, to guard the pilgrim, and to host the stranger. every one rfile is put in historic, geographical, and social context because it contributes to an rising photograph of those groups. the amount addresses the motivations and practices of groups that risked extending hospitality. Why did those groups take nice dangers for the socially susceptible? What stake did they've got in pilgrims and the unwell? What communal reviews supported and sustained either the groups and their audiences? How used to be hospitality cultivated?

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