Plague Epidemics in the Late Middle Ages: Religious and Medical Responses

June, 2011
Hungarian Scientific Research Fund

The aim of the research project is to explore the interrelatedness of medical and religious discourse about pestilence in the period between the Black Death and the end of the Middle Ages. One group of sources to be examined is constituted by sermons and legends related to the cult of certain saints who were closely associated to protection against the plague, as well as by sermons about the plague as such. The other group consists of popular manuals of cures and preventive measures which circulated in a high number of exemplars already before the printing press.