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Medieval Parasites

Katherine Harvey | Aeon | 9th April 2019

John Wesley thought cleanliness next to godliness; medieval clergy took the opposite view. They shunned even the basic hygiene of their day, viewing infestations as a form of penance. Parasites were “not a problem to be overcome, but a way to demonstrate and develop devotion to God”. Monks prep…

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