From weeping warts to leprosy: the gruesome art of medical illustration
Before photography, doctors treating everything from leprosy to syphilis turned to an astonishing array of illustrations for guidance. Will Self finds a grotesque beauty in a new collection chronicling people and their poxes
Inside Canterbury Cathedral: King Henry IV (1367-1399-1413 (a mature looking 46 on his death, possibly via leprosy)), nephew of the Black Prince, and his Queen, Joan of Navarre. Henry came to the throne via a coup which removed and eventually murdered Richard II (son of the Black Prince) in Henry's favour.