Abstract

Abstract:

The author explores the financing of the Cathedral of Milan’s construction, revealing that it relied almost entirely on voluntary donations by a wide citizenry rather than upon taxes, tithes, or a single great benefactor. The analysis of the multiple, synergic techniques devised for alms collection, their monetization process and their sources reveals the crucial importance for cathedral financing of small gifts and donations— silver coins, buttons, secondhand dresses or a piece of cheese.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-0708
Print ISSN
0008-8080
Pages
pp. 617-644
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-03
Open Access
No
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