Leprosy in Medieval England

Leprosy in Medieval England


By (author) Carole Rawcliffe

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  • Publisher: The Boydell Press
  • Format: Hardback | 440 pages
  • Dimensions: 167mm x 241mm x 32mm | 1,007g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Woodbridge
  • ISBN 10: 1843832739
  • ISBN 13: 9781843832737
  • Illustrations note: 35 black and white, 6 line drawing
  • Sales rank: 1,511,740

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Set firmly in the medical, religious and cultural milieu of the European Middle Ages, this book is the first serious academic study of a disease surrounded by misconceptions and prejudices. Even specialists will be surprised to learn that most of our stereotyped ideas about the segregation of medieval lepers originated in the nineteenth century; that leprosy excited a vast range of responses, from admiration to revulsion; that in the later Middle Ages it was diagnosed readily even by laity; that a wide range of treatment was available, that medieval leper hospitals were no more austere than the monasteries on which they were modelled; that the decline of leprosy was not monocausal but implied a complex web of factors - medical, environmental, social and legal. Carole Rawcliffe writes with consummate skill, subtlety and rigour; her book will change forever the image of the medieval leper. Carole Rawcliffe is Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia.

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Provides a much-needed corrective to the general understanding of how medieval society viewed leprosy and treated its victims. SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINEIn this comprehensive, thoughtfully argued, compelling, fascinating, rigorous and extensively researched work, Carole Rawcliffe sets out to disabuse the reader of all the most dearly-held modern misconceptions of the medieval leper, and succeeds. (...) A compassionate, compelling, and important model for re(writing) the history of the disease. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW