Catholics, Protestants, and the Poor in Early Modern Europe

  title={Catholics, Protestants, and the Poor in Early Modern Europe},
  author={Brian S. Pullan},
  journal={Journal of Interdisciplinary History},
  • B. Pullan
  • Published 6 December 2004
  • History
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Catholics and Protestants in early modern Europe, despite theological differences concerning the role of good works in salvation, administered forms of poor relief along similar lines. Most Protestant and some Catholic reformers were determined to control begging and vagrancy and to introduce more rational methods of almsgiving. Catholics, however, were more inclined to tolerate, even to license, such questionable practices as child abandonment, prostitution, and lending at interest on pledges… 
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