Suicide in the Middle Ages, Volume 2 : The Curse on Self-Murder, Paperback / softback Book

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
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780199553181



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