Medicine and the Seven Deadly Sins in Late Medieval Literature and Culture

  • Virginia Langum

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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    Pages 1-27
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    Pages 29-81
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    Pages 83-103
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    Pages 159-176
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 201-236

About this book


This book considers how scientists, theologians, priests, and poets approached the relationship of the human body and ethics in the later Middle Ages. Is medicine merely a metaphor for sin? Or can certain kinds of bodies physiologically dispose people to be angry, sad, or greedy? If so, then is it their fault? Virginia Langum offers an account of the medical imagery used to describe feelings and actions in religious and literary contexts, referencing a variety of behavioral discussions within medical contexts. The study draws upon medical and theological writing for its philosophical basis, and upon more popular works of religion, as well as poetry, to show how these themes were articulated, explored, and questioned more widely in medieval culture.


Medieval Literature Medieval Culture Medieval Medicine 7 Deadly sins Religion antiquity Christianity culture history history of literature literature medicine medieval literature metaphor Middle Ages religion society

Authors and affiliations

  • Virginia Langum
    • 1
  1. 1.Umeå University UmeåSweden

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