Readership: Scholars and students of medieval history and society; general readers with an interest in this compelling subject.
Alexander Murray, University College, Oxford
Review(s) from previous edition"'One of the most unusual features of this book is its expansiveness. I cannot think of another academic history monograph that gives so much space to the stories themselves'
- - Social History of Medicine
"'Murray tells his stories with great verve and then mulls them over, bringing to bear all the tools of source analysis, but he is never afraid to offer a final opinion of his own. The result is immensely readable'
" - - Social History of Medicine
"'The years of effort that went into this task have paid rich dividends ... This volume provides us with by far the most detailed record of medieval suicide to date'
" - - Medical History
"'Alexander Murray is the author of Reason and Society in the Middle Ages (1978), an exemplary "new" history, which reinterprets medieval mentalities on a European scale. Suicide in the Middle Ages is a magnum opus which has been long awaited. It is projected as a trilogy, of which the volume reviewed here is the first ... compelling reading ... Searching for suicides has made Murray a pioneer in the comparative study of the legal records of medieval Europe. ' -
" - M. T. Clanchy, Times Literary Supplement
2: The Secrecy of the Act
How to Find Out. I: Chronicles
3: The Reticence of Chronicles
4: The Probing of Disgrace
5: The Reticence Broken. The Preoccupations of Local and House Chronicles
How to Find Out. II: Legal Sources
6: Suicide and Judicial Records
7: Portraits from English Courts: Criminals, Debtors, and the Sick
8: Portraits from English Courts: `Insanity' and Some Optical Illusions
9: Portraits from French Courts
10: Portraits from Lettres de Rémission
11: Portraits from Courts in the Empire
How to Find Out. III: Religious Sources
12: Man, Woman, and Child
13: The Enemy of Society
14: The Sick and Melancholy
15: Towards Statistics: Absolute Numbers
16: Towards Statistics: The Person and the Act
Appendix: A Register of Recorded Suicidal Incidents - I. Chronicles; II. Legal Sources; III. Religious Sources
A Bibliography of Legal Sources Used in the Register
Select Bibliography to Part I