The role of the Corpus Christi Confraternity in the life of the citizens of late medieval Bratislava
The surviving sources in relation to the Corpus Christi confraternity, its rule(s), registers, inventories, accounts and membership lists as well as the relevant notes in the town books and accounts were considered and reconsidered together with a strong emphasis on the pious orders and donations of the burghers in their last wills to analyse the religious, social, and economic role of the confraternity in the life of late medieval Bratislava (Pozsony/Pressburg). As far as the sources allowed, besides the elite character of the brotherhood in the town in general, this study also examined how and in which ways it was present in almost all main ecclesiastical institutions, parishes and monasteries of the town. Though the confraternity resided in Saint Martin parish church, through its chapel and altars it was present throughout the whole city. The confraternity's religious place during the fifteenth and early sixteenth century was investigated through the last will donations, while its economic significance was defined in the period by analysing the accounts. These town and confraternity accounts allowed providing some hints about the Corpus Christi feast and procession as well, together with a hypothetical route of procession within the town. Finally, according to the present state of research, in the mirror of the surviving charters, some reconstructed lists were presented in the appendix on the confraternity masters, confraternity chaplains, and those altar priests who served at the altars patronised by the brotherhood.
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