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Medieval Communities and the Mad
Remission letters provide evidence for community and family actions and the networks available to help or hinder the mad. While the crimes of the mentally ill most often targeted their kin and communal ties, through the medium of remission letters, these ties were reformed, and connections were reconstructed. The family and the community simultaneously wished to aid the mad and feared the possible consequences of insanity. In some cases, the remission letters sought to tell the story from thedoi:10.1515/9789048533329-005 fatcat:f5c6twwl7ba5dh7yybvupebaei