Medieval Burns – a neglected topic?

Burns are a curiously elusive topic for research in medieval studies, yet burns to the face and hands must have been fairly ubiquitous in a medieval society which interacted daily (and nightly) with naked flames. Fire was a domestic fixture, and scalds from hot liquids compounded the danger of injury. In a new book chapter in a volume on Medieval Trauma, Trish Skinner explores the possibilities of reconstructing burn injuries in medieval sources. Read it Open Access here.

 

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