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Medieval Fur Trade May Have Led to Spread of Leprosy

The authors of a new study suggest that an explanation for the prevalence of leprosy in medieval East Anglia may possibly be found in the sustained Scandinavian trade in squirrel fur – an animal known to carry the disease.

Morbidity and mortality of leprosy in the Middle Ages

During the Middle Ages, nearly everyone in Europe was exposed to the disfiguring, painful and ostracizing disease of leprosy. But did contracting the disease necessarily increase a person’s chances of dying?

Leprosy victim buried 900 years ago offers insights into how the disease spread through medieval Europe

Medieval leprosy victim in English cemetery was likely a religious pilgrim, possibly from overseas

Leprosy and Plague in St Giles in the Fields

Author and historian, Rebecca Rideal, on leprosy in London during the Middles Ages and Early Modern period.

The Medieval Magazine: Celebrating International Women’s Day (Volume 3, Issue 4)

We’ve just released our latest issue of the Medieval Magazine in celebration of International Women’s Day!

Robert the Bruce and Leprosy

There has always been some doubt as to whether Bruce, who died in 1329, did suffer from leprosy.

Anglo-Saxon skeleton shows leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia

The bones of the man, probably in his 20s, show changes consistent with leprosy, such as narrowing of the toe bones and damage to the joints, suggesting a very early British case.

Prevalence of Maxillary Sinusitis in Leprous Individuals from a Medieval Leprosy Hospital

An investigation into maxillary sinusitis in the remains of individuals from the medieval hospital of St. James and St. Mary Magdalene, Chichester, England, offered an opportunity to study the possible relationship between this condition and leprosy in an archeological population.

Impregnable friendship : locating desire in the middle English ‘Amis and Amiloun’

Scholarship on Amis and Amiloun has generally been divided into two critical schools. The majority of critics have read the work as an exemplar of perfect friendship, overlooking (or ignoring) any trace of homoeroticism, citing the possibility itself as anachronistic, or explaining away its presence by offering historical or theoretical justification for intimacy among medieval men.

Scientific research reveals insights into medieval leprosy

Why was there a sudden drop in the incidence of leprosy at the end of the Middle Ages?

The remarkable Baldwin IV: leper and king of Jerusalem

Medieval teen king, precocious politician, and successful battlefield commander, Baldwin IV not only surmounted disabling neurological impairment but challenged the stigma of leprosy, remarkably continuing to rule until his premature death aged twenty-three.

Catholic, Crusader, Leper and King: The Life of Baldwin IV and the Triumph of the Cross

Baldwin IV was born in Jerusalem of King Amalric and Queen Agnes of Courtney in 1161. Intellectually
and physically gifted as a boy, he seemed well equipped to inherit the Crusader kingdom.

The Lost Leprosy Hospitals Of London: Leprosia

By focusing upon the institutional provision made available for victims of leprosy in London between 1100 and 1500, we can explore the complexity of reactions to a disease that might be regarded as either a punishment for sin or a mark of divine favour.

The Medievalist and the Microbiologist: How Plague and Leprosy Have Opened Up New Perspectives on the History of Health

Monica Green, known as ‘the foremost authority on medicine in the Middle Ages,’ examines how her field has changed in recent years.

Hospitals and leper houses in the Latin west during the Middle Ages

Audio podcast of a lecture by John Hine Mundy

Leprosy and Identity in Medieval Rouen

To us today, leprosy, like the plague, is undoubtedly symbolic of the Middle Ages – but this paper will conclude by considering the extent to which leprosy was viewed by contemporaries as the disease afflicting their society.

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