It also occurs that the frenzied poor hurt many of the persons who are out wandering through the city.These things are known in the entire city of Valencia.Bethlehem Hospital, or "Bedlam," later became notorious for its neglectful care of people with mental illness.The priory was first used to house "distracted persons" in around the year says it was a hospital (place of refuge) from the begining 'originally intended for the poor suffering from any ailment and for such as might have no other lodging, hence its name, Bethlehem, in Hebrew, the "house of bread."' , the Act giving the King (or, possibly, regulating and already established) custody of the lands of natural fools and wardship of the property of the insane, may have been drawn up between 12.
(Calendar of Patent Rolls Reign of , later to become Bethlehem Hospital ("Bedlam"), was taken under the patronage and protection of Richard Lacer, mayor of London, and the citizens of London.
By the fourteenth century (1300) "the main beneficiaries, apart from the Hospital and its staff, were probably poor people who lived locally, rather than the Order of Bethlehem.
As the social and political changes of the onwards made alms-collecting more difficult, the Hospital started to concentrate ever more on the care of the sick, and in particular on the care of the mad.
Thus, it would be a very holy thing and work for Valencia to build a hostel or hospital where such insane or innocent persons could be housed so that they would not be wandering through the city and could not hurt nor be hurt." Pope Sixtus 4th issued a papal bull extending the power of the Inquisition to Spain.
The Inquisition, established in some countries in the thirteenth century, was responsible for the torture and execution of many people with mental illness.