The Rise of Brussels’ Municipal Hospital
The hospital of Saint John in Brussels remains important for two pivotal reasons: its statutes and its continued involvement by the people of the town. This chapter considers what occurred at the hospital of Saint John after its creation and after the dissemination of its statutes. Mid century saw an indulgence campaign that allowed for the hospital to rebuild. Primary in the campaign was the concept of Amor civicus ; the peoples of Brussels donated money and lands to the reconstruction of their beloved hospital. By 1300, Saint John hospital was Brussels’ first true municipal hospital.