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Disability in medieval Europe : thinking about physical impairment during the High Middle Ages, c. 1100-1400

Author: Irina Metzler
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2006.
Series: Routledge studies in medieval religion and culture, 9.
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"This is the first book that comprehensively describes disability and physical impairment in the Middle Ages. What attitudes did the medieval world have towards disabled people? Was every physical impairment a punishment for sin? And how did impairment affect the normal, everyday life of medieval disabled people? Disability in Medieval Europe presents a serious account of these and other aspects of the cultural  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Irina Metzler
ISBN: 0415365031 9780415365031
OCLC Number: 59756104
Description: vi, 355 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Page --
Acknowledgements --
List of Abbreviations --
List of Tables --
1. Introduction --
1.1 Structure, methodology and scope pp 1.2 Definitions and stereotypes of disability pp --
2. The theoretical framework of disability --
2.1 A historiography of disability --
2.2 Modern theories of disability and disability studies --
2.3 Summary --
3. Medieval theoretical concepts of the (impaired) body --
3.1 Thisworldly: Notions of health, impairmentand sin --
3.2 Otherworldly: Impairment and corporal resurrection --
3.3 Summary --
4. Impairment in medieval medicine and natural philosophy --
4.1 Impairment and the medieval "sciences" --
4.2 Aetiologies of impairment --
4.3 Preventative medicine --
4.4 Social and "alternative" medicine --
4.5 Summary --
5. Medieval miracles and impairment --
5.1 The context of saints, miracles and healing --
5.2 Medicine, transgression and miracle --
5.3 Narratives of impairment in medieval miracles --
5.4 Summary --
6. Conclusion --
Appendix --
Medieval Miracle Narratives --
V Miracles invitae from St Gall --
F Miracles of St Foy at Conques --
I Miracles of St Ithamar at Rochester --
W Miracles of St William at Norwich pp --
M Miracles of the Virgin Mary at Rocamadour --
J Miracles of the Hand of St James at Reading --
G Miracles of St Godric of Finchale --
E Miracles of St Elisabeth at Marburg --
Notes --
Select Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Routledge studies in medieval religion and culture, 9.
Responsibility: Irina Metzler.
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An examination of all aspects of physical impairment and disability in medieval Europe. Studying key areas and the modern day implications of medieval concepts, this is a study of a largely ignored  Read more...

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