Catholics and the Poor in Early Modern Europe

  title={Catholics and the Poor in Early Modern Europe},
  author={Brian S. Pullan},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Historical Society},
  pages={15 - 34}
  • B. Pullan
  • Published 1 December 1976
  • History
  • Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
A quiet revolution has occurred of late in the history of poor people and poor relief in early modern Europe. Shapeless, decentralized and infinite, like the story of most everyday things, it has depended for progress on the laborious accumulation of local examples, garnered from patchy, weedy and erratically surviving evidence; and for vitality on cerebration which outstrips research, on hypo-theses which demand to be tested in a hundred detailed trials. Time was when sociologists and students… 

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