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    DescriptionSet 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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    Title
    Leprosy in Medieval England
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Carole Rawcliffe
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 440
    Width: 167 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 1,007 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781843832737
    ISBN 10: 1843832739
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3H
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: MBX
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 14
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    DC22: 942.03, 614.54609420902
    Thema V1.0: MBX, NHDJ
    LC classification: RC154.3 .R39 2006
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3KL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU-GB-E
    Illustrations note
    35 black and white, 6 line drawing
    Publisher
    Boydell & Brewer Ltd
    Imprint name
    The Boydell Press
    Publication date
    30 November 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Woodbridge
    Review quote
    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