Ivette Nuckel (ed.)

Faule Müßiggänger und “rechte” Arme.

Armen- und Bettelordnungen Bremens, Lübecks, Lüneburgs und Oldenburgs des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts.

This source edition is intended to provide access to the poor and begging ordinances of the Lower German cities of Bremen, Lübeck, Lüneburg and Oldenburg in the 16th and 17th centuries. They defined the different types of poor and beggars, which were considered needy and which were not, and how they were to be dealt with in terms of Christian doctrine and municipal organisation.
With their New High German translations, the sources in this edition can also be used by researchers who are not familiar with the Middle Low German language. This source edition thus offers a new basis for further research in the field of poor and alms relief in the late Middle Ages and early modern period.


1st edition, hardcover, 148 x 210 mm, 360 pages, thread-stitching. Transcription of the original Low German documents with parallel translation into New High German.

Language: German, Low German
ISBN: 978-3-943025-41-5
48.00 €

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Late Middle Ages / Church History / Alms / Council Order / Low German Alms Order / Low German / Social Research / Testament / Almsgiving / Poverty Research / Source Edition / Alms Order / City History / Regional History / Beggars / Incapacity / Social History / North Germany

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Ivette Nuckel, born in 1975, studied History and German Studies at the University of Bremen. From 2009 to 2012 she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Historical Studies at the University of Bremen, Department of the Middle Ages. Since 2009 she has been doing her doctorate as an associate member within the research group “Homo debilis. Dis/ability in der Vormoderne” on the topic of “Arbeitsunfähigkeit im Spätmittelalter”. Her research focuses on economic and social history of the late Middle Ages and the early modern period.


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