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Souls under Siege: Stories of War, Plague, and Confession in Fourteenth-Century Provence

Nicole Archambeau


This book explores how the inhabitants of southern France made sense of the ravages of successive waves of plague, the depredations of mercenary warfare, and the violence of royal succession during the fourteenth century. Many people, the book finds, understood both plague and war as the symptoms of spiritual sicknesses caused by excessive sin, and they sought cures in confession. The book draws on a rich evidentiary base of sixty-eight narrative testimonials from the canonization inquest for Countess Delphine de Puimichel, which was held in the market town of Apt in 1363. Each witness in the ... More

Keywords: southern France, mercenary warfare, faith, Provence, saints, healers, eternal souls, medieval sickness, plague, confession

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501753664
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501753664.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicole Archambeau, author
Colorado State University