3. Reintegrating Madness [chapter]

2020 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 the
more » ... he story from the perspective of the criminal, thereby encouraging the family members and the notary composing the letter to attempt to rationalize the insanity, creating an alternative understanding of reality through which the mad person's crime was comprehensible.
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