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Sacramental Books of Seventeeenth-Century Bethlehem

This is a searchable database of births, marriages and burials involving Catholic converts living in or around the town of Bethlehem under Ottoman rule between 1669-1700. It provides rare insights into the administration of the cure of souls in a missionary context, the demographic profile of newly emerging confessional communities and into mobility patterns of a religious minority.

The evidence derives from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie project Migration in the Early Modern World: the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land as a Facilitator of the Circulation of People in the Mediterranean (2016-18). Funded by the European Commission in the framework of Horizon 2020, the research was carried out by Felicita Tramontana under the mentorship of Beat Kümin at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance in the University of Warwick. It focused on a better understanding of individual / group movements between Palestine and the Christian world as well as, on a smaller scale, between several newly established Catholic sacrament centres in the early modern Holy Land.

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