Suicide in the Middle Ages: v. 2: Curse on Self-murder (BOK)

Alexander Murray

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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.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Alexander Murray
Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780199553181
Antall sider 662 Dimensjoner 15,5cm x 23,5cm x 3,7cm
Vekt 986 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form European history, Social & cultural history, Medieval history, Sociology: death & dying

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