The Medieval Leper: Pariah or Savior?

I was asked to write about the historical background of Martin of Gfenn, and here it is. Everything anyone NEEDS to know about the medieval leper is in the video — but the essay says a lot more!

Martin of Gfenn

B.R.A.G. Medallion HonoreeThank you, Stephanie Hopkins of Layered Pages for the chance to talk further about my novel, Martin of Gfenn.

A few months ago, I was honored to be named a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree, and in connection with that, was asked to give an interview about my novel. I also was offered the opportunity to write about the historical background of my book.


This video above  tells most of what I have to relate about the surprising facts around the Medieval Leper. Anyone who wants to know more might enjoy the (somewhat academic) essay below. I’ve added a list of sources for anyone who becomes so captivated that they need to know more!

The Historical Background of Martin of Gfenn

Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us. (Rilke, “The Dragon Princess”)

My entanglement with Medieval Switzerland is a long story that started…

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