Medieval Communities and the Mad

Narratives of Crime and Mental Illness in Late Medieval France

Aleksandra Pfau

Medieval Communities and the Mad

Aleksandra Pfau

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

239 pages | 2 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789462983359 Will Publish June 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In medieval France, the collaboration between local communities and greater authorities grants us unusual insight into the period’s concept of madness. The mentally ill posed a unique challenge to the law, and, by examining how subjects and officials worked together to define and contain mad individuals, this book analyzes the development of that law and the interaction between local and regional communities. The author argues that this struggle often strengthened communities and proto-national identities.
 
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