Lepers Outside the Gate: Excavations at the Cemetery of the House of St. James and St. Mary Magdalene, Chichester [Paperback]

John Magilton (Author); Frances Lee (Author); Anthea Boylston (Author)

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ISBN: 9781902771748 | Published by: Council for British Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2008 | Language: English 294p, b/w illus

Lepers Outside the Gate


Founded as a leper hospital for men in the 12th century, this institution admitted women and children towards the end of the Middle Ages and survived the Reformation by becoming an almshouse for the sick poor. The report includes a discussion of leprosy and contemporary attitudes to it, medieval hsopitals and cemeteries and the provision of chritable care. The cemetery provided the largest sample of skeletons from an English medieval leper hospital to date, and one of the most significant assemblages of leper graves in Europe.

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