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Peregrine Horden (1992)

Disease, dragons and saints: the management of epidemics in the Dark Ages

In: Epidemics and Ideas: Essays on the Historical Perception of Pestilence, ed. by Terence Ranger and Paul Slack. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 45-76.

The article suggests that dragons were concrete embodiments of water-borne disease in the minds of the population, and might often represent real animals (e.g. snakes), exaggerated by fear. The often recorded miraculous control of epidemics by dragon-slaying saints makes good sense in this context.

by Bibuser last modified 2015-01-30 16:08
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