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Title: The ‘Monte di Pietà’ in Hospitaller Malta
Authors: Rossi, David (1998)
Keywords: Monte di Pieta’ (Valletta, Malta) -- History -- 16th century
Pawnbroking -- Malta -- Valletta -- History -- 16th century
Charities -- Malta -- Valletta -- History -- 16th century
Credit -- Malta -- Valletta -- History -- 16th century
Malta -- History -- Knights of Malta, 1530-1798
Issue Date: 1998
Citation: Rossi, D. (1998). The ‘Monte di Pietà’ in Hospitaller Malta (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: This study analyses the operations of usurious money-lenders in sixteenth-century Hospitaller Malta and concentrates on the foundation and development of the ‘Monte di Pieta`’. Created to limit the practice of usury, the credit institution was used as a source of short-term credit for consumption and as a central fund for sodalities, confraternities and other investors. An examination of surviving accounts yields insight into the organisation of the pious institutions and serves to highlight their activity in the parishes. The study focuses on the period of the Order and is divided into three parts. The first chapter examines the intrigues of usurers and the foundation of the ‘Monte di Pieta`’ in Malta, the second deals with the operation of the institution and concentrates on the customer base. It examines the contribution of the various categories of investors and whether the Monte was economically self-sufficient and effective in its activities. Chapter three treats the functions of the religions and charitable organisations within the parish network, their relationship with the Monte di Pie ta' and their commitment to provide for the needs of the deserving poor. Finally, the study evaluates the financial contribution of the Order to a charity system which relied mainly on the private wealth of benefactors. The attitudes and social background of everyday people is also assessed. Throughout the course of research, the absence of secondary literature dealing with the functions of the lending institution in Malta and an incomplete archive were some of the major difficulties encountered. The loss of official and registered documentation from the archives of Malta is an inevitable problem for any student of History which should be dealt with by the ecclesiastical and civil authorities.
Description: B.A.(HONS)HISTORY
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/90992
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