‘Het lazaren huys buyten’ | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
2004
Volume 7 Number 3
  • ISSN: 2468-2187
  • E-ISSN: 2468-2195

Abstract

In late medieval time we see an increase in the number of leper houses near cities in Northwestern Europe. It is noticeable that these houses are generally located outside the city walls. This segregation of lepers can be traced back to centuries before the Middle Ages. As early as the book of Mozes (Leviticus) there are passages about isolating lepers outside the community. In the late Middle Ages, many city councils decided to make housing and laws to get a grip on this special group of the ill. City councils also have religious motives for founding leprosaria.

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