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Soul-health : therapeutic reading in later Medieval England

Soul-health : therapeutic reading in later Medieval England

Author: Daniel McCann
Publisher: Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 2018 ©2018
Series: Religion & culture in the Middle Ages
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Soul-Health explores the connection between reading and healing. The act of reading engages deeply with our emotions and psychology, and this book broadens our understanding of that process by the surprising revelation that feeling bad has been understood as the best thing for mental and spiritual health. The mental and emotional impact of reading expanded in the Middle Ages into a therapeutic tool for improving the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel McCann
ISBN: 178683331X 9781786833310
OCLC Number: 1084496184
Description: xiv, 194 pages : color illustration ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Cura animarum --
1. Apprehensive medicine --
2. Lyrical treatment --
3. Compassionate healing --
4. Longing for health --
5. Dangerous reading --
Conclusion : Sowle-hele
Series Title: Religion & culture in the Middle Ages
Responsibility: Daniel McCann.


This is a book about reading and healing. It shows how literature that makes us feel sad, horrified, or fearful was understood to bring about health of the soul in the Middle Ages. Over five  Read more...


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