Lecture 14 – leprosy and Contagion

Lecture 14&ndash leprosy and Contagion

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Unformatted text preview: ut in the middle of nowhere – stigmatized, not isolated • Leper houses and individual payments were sometimes left in people’s wills o A lot are near city gates • Richard Wallingford, abbot of st. Albans o Brilliant mathematician – built the early clock o Why Leprosy? He admitted himself that he had sexual excess before he became an abbot. He said that he deserved more. Another monk wanted Wallingford’s job so he petitions to Pope. Pope sends people to inquire. Wallingford’s fellow monks defend him and keep him as abbot. o Fellow monks valued brotherhood over risk of contagion o Leprosy is a paradox IV. Leprosy Disappears • Early 1400’s some Leper hospitals get converted to other institutions bc there are not that many lepers anymore • Lepers are still around, but much rarer • Leprosy was not “burned out” by the Black Death (common misconception) Lecture 14 – leprosy and Contagion...
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This document was uploaded on 02/15/2014 for the course HIST AS.140.105 at Johns Hopkins.

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