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The cell brothers 74 33 of Maastricht. Iestablished a monastery on the Bank of Tweebergen. Today directly by the town, but by the town’s table for the poor, TheDuring the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the cellbrothers were paid for their services. The money was not paidn the second half of the fourteenth century the celln Ibrothers (cellebroeders) of Luik, also named Lollards, the chapel is all that remains of the buildings of the ‘lollards of Holy Ghost. A compensation was determined for each case and Tweebergen’ located on what is today the corner of the consisted of grain, meat, coal or money. In some isolated cases Cellebroederstraat and the Brusselsestraat. The cell brothers this concerned mentally disabled people who lived with were in charge of nursing the sick, especially sufferers of relatives or other private families. The first agreement about infectious diseases like the plague, and of burying the dead. compensation dates from 1 December 1642, when the town They also offered shelter to the mentally ill and disabled and to council approved an agreement between The Holy Ghost and people who showed deviant behaviour or opinions.1 They the cell brothers for a compensation for the care of mentally ill accommodated people who refused to carry arms, who held people. In all probability such care had been provided by the ideas about religion or sexuality that were not accepted and sons cell brothers for some time previously, but the costs were paid of good families who showed maladjusted behaviour. The main by the patient or his family. The Holy Ghost only paid reason for admittance was that someone posed a danger to the compensation for the care of townspeople. The care for people environment. This meant that domestic violence was a reason for with a mental disease who did not have sufficient resources was being committed to the monastery pending divorce. All the time expensive. In 1642 the annual cost amounted to 250 florins at there were around twelve brothers in the monastery. Maastricht rate. Over a hundred year period no more than nineteen people were put up at the cell brothers at the expense of the Holy Ghost.


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