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Walking Corpses: Leprosy in Byzantium and the Medieval West

Timothy S. Miller and John W. Nesbitt


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, the book reminds 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. This bo ... More

Keywords: leprosy, Catholic Europe, leprosariums, Byzantine Empire, lepers, Greek texts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451355
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy S. Miller, author
Professor of History, Salisbury University

John W. Nesbitt, author