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The Lepers Begging

The Lepers Begging.jpg A Bed in the Reign of Henry IIIThumbnailsLondon before the Spire of St. Paul's was burned; showing the Bridge, Tower, Shipping, &cA Bed in the Reign of Henry IIIThumbnailsLondon before the Spire of St. Paul's was burned; showing the Bridge, Tower, Shipping, &c

Leprosy is supposed to have had its origin in Egypt: the laws laid down in the Book of Leviticus for the separation of lepers are stringent and precise: it was believed, partly, no doubt, on account of these statutes in the Book of the Jewish Law, that the disease was brought into Western Europe by the Crusaders; but this was erroneous, because it was in this country before the Crusaders. Thus the Palace of St. James stands upon the site of a lazar house founded before the Conquest for fourteen leprous maidens.

Author
The History of London
By Walter Besant
1894
Available from gutenberg.org
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England, London
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