Ton H.M. van Schaik and Karin Strengers-Olde Kalter, Het arme Roomse leven. Geschiedenis van de katholieke caritas in de stad Utrecht. Verloren, Hilversum 2016, 276 pp. ISBN 9789087045784. € 29.This book was commissioned by the “Katholieke Caritas der Stad Utrecht,” in other words by the book’s subject and its predecessors, who go back all the way to the fifteenth century. Inevitably, the core of the book is a chronicle of the charitable works, and the ways in which these were organised, undertaken by these Catholic institutions. This tale is set in the wider context of the transformation of alms-giving into ultimately the welfare state as we know it today.The story of the book starts with the creation, in 1491, of a Catholic orphanage, by the prominent Utrecht canon Evert van Zoudenbalch. The care for orphans and the elderly was the core business of the institutions discussed in the book, even though it also pays attention to the support provided to the Catholic poor who were not institutionalized but lived in their own homes. The early period is, however, treated very briefly in the book, which only comes to life in the late seventeenth century, when the inter-confessional poor relief as it
Church History and Religious Culture (formerly Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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