Franciscan Monks Treat Victims of Leprosy
15th Century CE depiction of Franciscan monks treating people suffering from leprosy.
Roman Votive Male Torso, from Isola Farnese
Ancient Romans often dedicated votive objects to specific gods associated with healing in the hopes of recovery. These objects were in the form or representation of the affected body part and would be left at the temple of a god. This...
Artist's Depiction of an Ailing Greek Prince
An artist's depiction of a bedridden young prince in the ancient Mediterranean, likely Greece or Macedon. From the game Old World.
Greek Statuette of an Emaciated Woman
A Greek statuette of an emaciated woman from Smyrna, Asia Minor. The woman depicted has an emaciated, skeletal frame and distended belly. Her pose, dress, and youthful hairstyle indicates that she is a young woman suffering from a debilitating...
Artist's Depiction of an Ailing Woman
An artist's depiction of an ailing queen in the ancient Mediterranean, likely Greece or Macedon. From the game Old World.
Artist's Depiction of an Ailing Roman
An artist's depiction of a bedridden man in the ancient Mediterranean. From the game Old World.
Henry IV Engaged in Royal Touch
Henry IV of France (r. 1572-1610) touching 575 people in Reims during the Holy Week of 1606, due to the prevailing belief that the royal touch could cure illness.
Spread of the Black Death in Europe
A map showing the spread of the Black Death in Europe, c. 1347-1351 CE.
Scrofula on the Neck of a Boy
Photograph of scrofula of the neck, from Byrom Bramwell's Atlas of Clinical Medicine, 1893.
An Introduction to the Black Death
The Black Death of October 1347 CE to c. 1352 CE is one of the worst catastrophes in recorded history – a deadly plague that ravaged communities across Europe, changing forever their social and economic fabric. But how much do you know about...