Suicide in the Middle Ages: Curse on Self-murder v. 2 : The Curse on Self-Murder by Fellow and Praelector in Modern History Alexander Murray
Suicide in the Middle Ages: Curse on Self-murder v. 2 : The Curse on Self-Murder
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Author: Fellow and Praelector in Modern History Alexander Murray
Page Count: 662 pages
Published Date: 22 Apr 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Country: Oxford, United Kingdom
Language: English
ISBN: 9780199553181
File size: 24 Mb
File Name: Suicide.in.the.Middle.Ages.Curse.on.Self-murder.v..2.The.Curse.on.Self-Murder.pdf
Download Link: Suicide in the Middle Ages Curse on Self-murder v. 2 The Curse on Self-Murder
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A group of men dig a tunnel under the threshold of a house. Then they go and fetch a heavy, sagging object from inside the house, pull it out through the tunnel, and put it on a cow-hide to be dragged off and thrown into the offal-pit. Why should the corpse of a suicide - for that is what it is - have earned this unusual treatment? In The Curse on Self-Murder, Alexander Murray explores the origin of the condemnation of suicide, in a quest which leads along the most unexpected byways of medieval theology, law, mythology, and folklore -and, indeed, in some instances beyond them. At an epoch when there might be plenty of ostensible reasons for not wanting to live, the ways used to block the suicidal escape route give a unique perspective on medieval religion.

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