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Coverage for grant FS-50283-11

Health and Disease in The Middle Ages
Monica Green, Arizona State University

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"The Truth Gets Its Shoes On" (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Richard Nevell
Publication: Wikimedia UK Blog
Date: 1/16/2015
Abstract: Mark Twain said “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” The same applies to honest mistakes. The ease with which information spreads across the Internet means the stakes are higher when it comes to getting things right. But with a bit of help, it’s possible to get the genie back in the bottle. Mostly at least. For several years, many sources – including a wide range of academic websites – described the image on the right as depicting people suffering from the Black Death, the pandemic of plague that swept through most of Eurasia in the mid-fourteenth century. The illustration itself dates from 1360-75 and is from an illuminated manuscript, Omne Bonum by James le Palmer. In fact, the image shows clerics with leprosy being instructed by a bishop.

Getting the Words Out (and Back In): What to do When a Plague Image is Not an Image of Plague (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Lori Jones
Publication: Global Medieval Studies: The Arc-Medieval Blog
Date: 3/1/2015
Abstract: Green, together with Kathleen Walker-Meikle and Wolfgang P. Müller, recently published a cautionary tale of how such misinterpretation comes about and what makes it so prevalent in ‘Diagnosis of a “Plague” Image: A Digital Cautionary Tale’ in The Medieval Globe. Importantly, Green and her colleagues published the complete text of the chapter that the image was meant to illustrate. There, it is very clearly stated that the topic of the chapter is how to decide what should be done when a cleric suffers a disabling condition that prevents full performance of his pastoral duties.