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HIST 350: Madness (HC): Background

History 350: Insanity (Hayton) Fall 2015

History of Medicine Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Medieval Representation of Insanity

In this section of a stained glass window a figure known as Mad Matilda is beaten by her attendants.  In the next panel she arrives at the pilgrimage church of Canterbury.  In the final scene she is shown to be cured as she prays in thanks to Saint Thomas Becket.  More information.

Encyclopedias for History

  • The following sources provide overviews of ideas, people, and events in the history of the Middle Ages and the early modern period.  They are a quick way to find out the basic facts and current points of debate.
  • When using an article in an encyclopedia or handbook, always check the bibliography for further reading at the end of the article. It will provide a selective list of the books, articles, and, frequently, Web resources considered to be the most up-to-date and reliable.

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