A Social History of Disability in the Middle Ages

Cultural Considerations of Physical Impairment
Metzler, Irina
Date published: 
February 2013

What was it like to be disabled in the Middle Ages? How did people become disabled? Did welfare support exist? This book discusses social and cultural factors affecting the lives of medieval crippled, deaf, mute and blind people, those nowadays collectively called "disabled." This volume informs our knowledge of the topic by investigating the impact medieval laws had on the social position of disabled people, and conversely, how people might become disabled through judicial actions; ideas of work ; the disabling effects of old age and associated physical deteriorations; and the changing nature of attitudes towards welfare provision for the disabled.