A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)

A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)

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"[...]symbolical than real. The wise men of Annan may have been in error in tracing the plague of their village to a single corpse, but they were probably on the right lines of causation. It is curious to observe in another chronicler of the same period, Ralph of Coggeshall in Essex, and in a part of his chronicle which relates to the last years of Richard I., and first years of John, a comment upon the action of Pope Innocent III. (about 1200 A.D.) in interdicting all Christian rites save baptism by the clergy in France: "O how horrible ... to refuse the Christian rite of burial to the bodies of the dead, so that they infected the air by their foetor and struck horror into the souls of the living by their ghastly looks[23]." The same pope's interdict of decent burial and of other clerical rites extended to England in[...]."show more

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  • Paperback | 764 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 39mm | 1,002g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507508867
  • 9781507508862