Disability in Medieval Europe: Thinking about Physical Impairment in the High Middle Ages, c.1100–c.1400

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Routledge, Jun 7, 2006 - History - 368 pages
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This impressive volume presents a thorough examination of all aspects of physical impairment and disability in medieval Europe. Examining a popular era that is of great interest to many historians and researchers, Irene Metzler presents a theoretical framework of disability and explores key areas such as:

  • medieval theoretical concepts
  • theology and natural philosophy
  • notions of the physical body
  • medical theory and practice.

Bringing into play the modern day implications of medieval thought on the issue, this is a fascinating and informative addition to the research studies of medieval history, history of medicine and disability studies scholars the English-speaking world over.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The theoretical framework of disability
11
3 Medieval tehoretical concepts of the impared body
38
4 Impairment in medieval medicine and natural philosophy
65
5 Medieval miracles and impairment
126
6 Conclusion
186
Appendix
191
Notes and references
260
Select bibliography
332
Index
347
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