Suicide in the Middle Ages, Volume 2 : The Curse on Self-Murder Paperback / softback
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 662 pages, 16pp plates, 5 figures, 3 maps
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 03/03/2011
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780199553181