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By Bryon Lee Grigsby

Pestilence in Medieval and Early smooth English Literature examines 3 diseases--leprosy, bubonic plague, and syphilis--to express how medical professionals, monks, and literary authors from the center a long time throughout the Renaissance interpreted definite health problems via an ethical filter out. missing wisdom concerning the transmission of contagious illnesses, medical professionals and monks observed epidemic ailments as a punishment despatched via God for human transgression. consequently, their task used to be to correctly learn disease in terms of the sin. by way of reading assorted readings of particular health problems, this booklet exhibits how the social development of epidemic illnesses shaped one of those narrative in which guy makes an attempt to take the regulate of the affliction out of God's fingers by way of connecting epidemic ailments to the sins of carnality.

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