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The Blind in French Society from the Middle Ages to the Century of Louis Braille$
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Zina Weygand

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804757683

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804757683.001.0001

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The Middle Ages

The Middle Ages

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The Blind in French Society from the Middle Ages to the Century of Louis Braille
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This chapter examines the situation of blind people in the Middle Ages. It first describes the frequency and causes of blindness during the period. It then considers in in greater detail the ways in which medieval comic literature dealt with the stock character of the blind man—a character whose epigones would still be found on the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century stage. This is followed by a discussion of the origins and operation of the hospice of the Quinze-Vingts, whose existence was to heavily impact the representations and treatment of blindness and the blind in France.

Keywords:   blind, blindness, medieval comic literature, blind man, Quinze-Vingts, France

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