• Able Bodies: The Organisation of Labour and Health, 1300-1600: A Research Agenda

    Author(s):
    Claire Weeda (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
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    Article
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    https://doi.org/10.17613/tgz3-qd71
    Abstract:
    One of the longer term, much-debated consequences of the outbreak of the Second Plague Pandemic in the mid-14th century, was the increased poverty and geographical mobility of labourers in Europe’s urbanised regions. Urban bylaws attest that in the 15th century, cities recorded and regulated through repression the presence of itinerant workers and beggars, who took to the road in seek of labour opportunities and, in times of famine, of food. How to deal with the urban poor and vagrants was subsequently a question prominent on the agenda of city governments, including in the early 16th-century Low Countries. This article argues that health experts played a significant role in the organization of labour at this time.
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