Katherine Harvey
Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London

Katherine Harvey is a medieval historian and a Wellcome Trust research fellow in the department of history, Classics and archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. She is the author of Episcopal Appointments in England, c1214-1344: From Episcopal Election to Papal Provision (2014). She lives in London.

Written by Katherine Harvey

Lice, or ‘worms with feet’, were a common cause for concern in the Middle Ages. From ‘The Golden Haggadah’ (c1320 CE), Spain. Manuscript courtesy of the Trustees of the British Library

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History
Medieval parasites

People in the Middle Ages took great care over cleanliness – except the clergy, who accepted filth as a sign of devotion

Katherine Harvey

From Decretum Gratiani with the commentary of Bartolomeo da Brescia, Italy, 1340-1345. Lyon, BM, Ms 5128, fol 100r. Photo courtesy Discarding Images

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History
The salacious Middle Ages

Medieval people feared death by celibacy as much as venereal disease, and practiced complex sexual health regimens

Katherine Harvey