Healers and healing in the early modern health care market

Authored by: Elizabeth Mellyn

The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138781603
eBook ISBN: 9781315202211
Adobe ISBN: 9781351784399

10.4324/9781315202211.ch4

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Abstract

From roughly 1500 to 1700, Europe teemed with representations of madness. Ships of fools, melancholy artists, brooding scholars, obsessive lovers, mad prophets, and the divinely or demonically possessed leapt from the pages of literary, philosophical, and theological works in greater numbers than ever before. 1 Intended to entertain as much as to caution and instruct, the mad and their madnesses were highly moral reminders of the wretchedness of the human condition, the vanity of earthly life, and the glory of the kingdom of God.

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