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Publisher: Journals Gateway
The Journal of Interdisciplinary History (2016) 47 (3): 267–285.
Published: 01 November 2016
AbstractView article PDF
Approaches from social history, medical anthropology, and the history of the emotions can aid in the understanding of sick and physically impaired children as they appeared in the miracle stories of medieval England. An analysis of the medical and religious meanings attached to bodily defects in the Middle Ages discovers that hagiographers harnessed the emotions evoked by childhood illness to create a distinctly Christian concept of childhood imperfection.