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Das Wiener Stadtzeichnerbuch 1678-1685 (2014)

Ein Bettlerverzeichnis aus einer frühneuzeitlichen Stadt

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Abstract

Poverty and beggars have always been a part of the city of Vienna. Between 1443 and 1693 only beggars with beggars' badges ("Stadtzeichen") were authorised to beg. The contextualisation, edition and analysis of a beggars' directory ("Stadtzeichnerbuch") dating from the seventeenth century (1678–1685) reveals the living circumstances of more than 900 poor people which can hardly be found in other sources.