L'Hospital, la dona i el capellà. Sant Andreu de Mallorca (1230-1445)
270 pp. 2022
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Soon after the conquest of Majorca in 1229, Nuño Sánchez, count of Rousillon and Cerdanya, wich had been a central figure and who had been one of the most favoured by James I donations, founded in the capital island a hospital in favour of Saint Eulalia, wich would later on recieve the final name of Saint Andrew. The count established bases for its operation and provided it with material goods. But the plans changed when the noble died without heirs, the hospital changed to be under the sponsorship of the royal house. Slowly the institution had to adapt to the will of the monarchs and the social, political and economical circumstances of a convulsed era like the late medieval age, with wars, hunger and diseases. All of these things are the interest of this study. The objective is to follow it’s trajectory until the dissapearance when it becomes part of the General hospital of Mallorca, in the middle of the 15th century, from the analysis of diverse sources, conserved in sparse ways in the archives of the ancient Crown of Aragon; approach the phisical structre of the hospital, their sources of income, the managers and employees of the institution and the treated patients who were poor. Saint Andrew is another example among the thousands of hospitals wich appeared in the european West. A key element, symbolic, with a multitude of extraordinary key elements characteristically of what were common ideals during christianity, but also with the particularities that characterize all those charitable institutions.
Carmel Ferragud is a titular professsor of the University of Valencia and a researcher of the Interuniversitarian Institute López Piñero. He’s part of the research team Sciència.cat (University of Barcelona). He’s written a large number of articles and books about the history of medicine and the medieval science in the Crown of Aragon. Among his works, these works stand out, the monographs “Medicina i promoció social a la baixa Edat Mitjana (Corona d’Aragó, 1350-1410)" (“2005; Prize Hernández Morejón 2002 and XIX Prize Ferran Soldevila 2002), “La cura dels animals: menescals i menescalia a la València medieval" (2009; Prize Senyera d’Investigacions Històriques, 2004) "Medicina per a un nou regne: el paper de la medicina i els seus practicants en la construcció del regne de València (s. XIII)" (2009; X Prize d’Assaig Mancomunitat de la Ribera Alta, 2008) and "Una ciutat medieval en cerca de la salut (Xàtiva, 1250-1500)" (Afers, 2019). He’s a member of the editorial council of the magazine Dynamis
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