Acta Historiae Neerlandicae: Studies on the History of the by H. P. H. Jansen (auth.), I. Schöffer (eds.)

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138 Mechlin (St. Peter) The number of pigs distributed in Louvain and in the Brussels parish of St. 92 Although weight was estimated in a completely fictious manner (an average of 30 kg. of meat per animal), these calculations, comparatively speaking, possess a true significance. It is immediately apparent just how relative all these distributions of meat were. On one, two, three or four occasions during the year, the almsmen received a quantity which was scarcely sufficient for a few days. Even in the most favourable case, that of the parish of St.

A well-preserved series dating from 1311-2, Rijksarchief Ghent, S 496-522; rolls 119-38, 157; S 169-212; S 11-45 (1533-4). 84. Archiefvan de Godshuizen, Bois-Ie-Due, 406-22 (1453-4 to 1534-5). Registers showing income and expenditure in 1435 and subsequent years are available. The figures have been incorporated in tables and graphs in Blockmans and Prevenier. 'Openbare armenzorg te 's-Hertogenbosch'. 85. Archief van de Commissie voor Open bare Onderstand, Mechlin, 8207-12 (St. Rumoldi, from 1530), 8411-5 (Our Lady from 1521), 8481-90 (St.

From the end of the fourteenth century, however, expenditure by the almoner declined sharply, economies being made on all items. The pecuniary distributions survived the best. During the first decade of the fifteenth century, they varied from 220 to 452 days' wages for a bricklayer's assistant. In the fourteenth century, the highest figure, including donations to institutions, had equalled 728 days' wages. The remaining categories of distribution tended to assume a symbolic character. These economies are somewhat surprising, observing that in the period 1410-50, the income in the form of money rose much more sharply than expenditure.

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