[Read] ➲ Walking Corpses ➮ Timothy S. Miller – Anguillais.us

Walking Corpses Leprosy Has Afflicted Humans For Thousands Of Years It Wasn T Until The Twelfth Century, However, That The Dreaded Disease Entered The Collective Psyche Of Western Society, Thanks To A Frightening Epidemic That Ravaged Catholic Europe The Church Responded By Constructing Charitable Institutions Called Leprosariums To Treat The Rapidly Expanding Number Of Victims As Important As These Events Were, Timothy Miller And John Nesbitt Remind Us That The History Of Leprosy In The West Is Incomplete Without Also Considering The Byzantine Empire, Which Confronted Leprosy And Its Effects Well Before The Latin West In Walking Corpses, They Offer The First Account Of Medieval Leprosy That Integrates The History Of East And West.In Their Informative And Engaging Account, Miller And Nesbitt Challenge A Number Of Misperceptions And Myths About Medieval Attitudes Toward Leprosy Known Today As Hansen S Disease They Argue That Ethical Writings From The Byzantine World And From Catholic Europe Never Branded Leprosy As Punishment For Sin Rather, Theologians And Moralists Saw The Disease As A Mark Of God S Favor On Those Chosen For Heaven The Stimulus To Ban Lepers From Society And Ultimately To Persecute Them Came Not From Christian Influence But From Germanic Customary Law Leprosariums Were Not Prisons To Punish Lepers But Were Centers Of Care To Offer Them Support Some Even Provided Both Male And Female Residents The Opportunity To Govern Their Own Communities Under A Form Of Written Constitution Informed By Recent Bioarchaeological Research That Has Vastly Expanded Knowledge Of The Disease And Its Treatment By Medieval Society, Walking Corpses Also Includes Three Key Greek Texts Regarding Leprosy One Of Which Has Never Been Translated Into English Before.

[Read] ➲ Walking Corpses  ➮ Timothy S. Miller – Anguillais.us
  • Hardcover
  • 264 pages
  • Walking Corpses
  • Timothy S. Miller
  • 02 August 2018
  • 9780801451355

    14 thoughts on “[Read] ➲ Walking Corpses ➮ Timothy S. Miller – Anguillais.us

  1. says:

    This is an important scholarly work on the treatment of lepers in the Middle Ages It covers everything from theories on the causes of leprosy to the administration of leper colonies The book is well researched and the theses are well presented, argued and documented Given the subject matter, this is not an easy read and is intended for academics than for the general public At times it is somewhat repetitive probably due to two authors covering similar topics , and it provides detail than many readers may find necessary Yet it also provides very valuable insights into medieval society that would benefit casual students of the Middle Ages For one thing, Miller and Nesbitt effectively debunk the notion that leper colonies were places of punishment or that lepers were consistently and cruelly expelled from society out of moral revulsion On the contrary, they convincingly argue Christian spiritual leaders shaped a new ethical imperative to accept lepers as suffering brothers in Christ, not to reject them as ritually impure or as...

  2. says:

    SUMMARY OF REVIEW No question, Walking Corpses is definitely an academic book and not written for the armchair reader I read it on a whim, and found parts to be interesting, but the writing was stilted towards what sounded like a dissertation This alone would not warrant a low three star rating rather, I found the book to be repetitious as a result of being non linear Personally, I prefer linear presentations of history The authors constantly rewrite the same points and historical facts, which makes reading this book from cover to cover tedious Judging by the other review on written at the time of my review, I am not alone in finding this book to be exceedingly repetitious Perhaps this book s strength is that it could be a reference book FULL REVIEW I should note, Walking Corpses is extremely well researched, and has a spectacular bibliography reference list For academics studying disability studies, Byzantium, the Medieval West, classical medieval medical practices, quarantine, ghettoization, religious perspectives practices on disease, and of course leprosy itself, this book will provide a wealth of information and resources Bravo to Miller and Nesbitt for co...

  3. says:

    Fills an important lacuna in scholarship on Byzantine medical practice, and uses many different source types well, but leaves many questions unresolved The book is brief under 200 pages and written in an admirably lucid, accessible style, which makes it a ...

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