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Wounds and wound repair in Medieval culture / edited by Larissa Tracy and Kelly DeVries.

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Leiden : Brill, [2015]


1 online resource (xxiii, 645 pages).
Explorations in Medieval culture ; volume 1
Explorations in medieval culture ; v. 1.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The spectacle of the wounded body figured prominently in the Middle Ages, from images of Christ's wounds on the cross, to the ripped and torn bodies of tortured saints who miraculously heal through divine intervention, to graphic accounts of battlefield and tournament wounds--evidence of which survives in the archaeological record--and literary episodes of fatal (or not so fatal) wounds. This volume offers a comprehensive look at the complexity of wounding and wound repair in medieval literature and culture, bringing together essays from a wide range of sources and disciplines including arms and armaments, military history, medical history, literature, art history, hagiography, and archaeology across medieval and early modern Europe. Contributors are Stephen Atkinson, Debby Banham, Albrecht Classen, Joshua Easterling, Charlene M. Eska, Carmel Ferragud, M.R. Geldof, Elina Gertsman, Barbara A. Goodman, Máire Johnson, Rachel E. Kellett, Ilana Krug, Virginia Langum, Michael Livingston, Iain A. MacInnes, Timothy May, Vibeke Olson, Salvador Ryan, William Sayers, Patricia Skinner, Alicia Spencer-Hall, Wendy J. Turner, Christine Voth, and Robert C. Woosnam-Savage.
Part 1. The Physicality of Wounds -- Section 1. Archeology and Material Culture -- 1. Battle Trauma in Medieval Warfare: Wounds, Weapons and Armor / Kelly DeVries -- 2. "And to describe the shapes of the dead": Making Sense of the Archaeology of Armed Violence / M.R. Geldof -- 3. Visible Prowess?: Reading Men's Head and Face Wounds in Early Medieval Europe to 1000 CE / Patricia Skinner -- 4. Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Injury and Death in Anglo-Scottish Combat, c. 1296-c.1403 / Iain A. MacInnes -- 5. "... Vnnd schuß im vnder dem schwert den ort lang ein zu der brust": The Placement and Consequences of Sword-blows in Sigmund Ringeck's Fifteenth-Century Fencing Manual / Rachel E. Kellett -- Section 2. Surgery -- 6. The Diagnosis and Treatment of Wounds in the Old English Medical Collections: Anglo-Saxon Surgery? / Christine Voth -- 7. Spitting Blood: Medieval Mongol Medical Practices / Timothy May
8. The Wounded Soldier Honey and Late Medieval Military Medicine / Liana Krug -- 9. "The Depth of Six Inches": Prince Hal's Head-Wound at the Battle of Shrewsbury / Michael Livingston -- Section 3. Law -- 10. Wounds, Amputations, and Expert Procedures in the City of Valencia in the Early-Fifteenth Century / Carmel Ferragud -- 11. The Mutilation of Derbforgaill / Charlene M. Eska -- Part 2. The Spirituality of Wounds -- Section 4. Stigmata -- 12. "The Wounded Surgeon": Devotion, Compassion and Metaphor in Medieval England / Virginia Langum -- 13. "Scarce anyone survives a heart wound": The Wounded Christ in Irish Bardic Religious Poetry / Salvador Ryan -- 14. Penetrating the Void: Picturing the Wound in Christ's Side as a Performative Space / Vibeke Olson -- 15. Wandering Wounds: The Urban Body in Imitatio Christi / Elina Gertsman -- Section 5. Passionate Wounds -- 16. Ascetic Blood: Ethics, Suffering and Community in Late-Medieval Culture / Joshua S. Easterling
17. Christ's Suppurating Wounds: Leprosy in the Vita of Alice of Schaerbeek (1250) / Alicia Spencer-Hall -- 18. Wounding the Body and Freeing the Spirit: Dorothea von Montau's Bloody Quest for Christ, a Late-Medieval Phenomenon of the Extraordinary Kind / Albrecht Classen -- 19. In the Bursting of an Eye: Blinding and Blindness in Ireland's Medieval Hagiography / Maire Johnson -- Part 3. The Literature of Wounds -- 20. The Laconic Scar in Early Irish Literature / William Sayers -- 21. "Into the hede, throw the helme and creste": Head Wounds and a Question of Kingship in the Stanzaic Morte Arthur / Larissa Tracy -- 22. "They ... toke their shyldys before them and drew oute their swerdys "...: Inflicting and Healing Wounds in Malory's Morte Darthur / Stephen Atkinson -- 23. Women's Wounds in Middle English Romances: An Exploration of Defilement, Disfigurement, and a Society in Disrepair / Barbara A. Goodman.
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Medicine, Medieval.
Wound healing.
Wounds and Injuries -- therapy.
Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500.
History of art -- art and design styles.
History of art: Byzantine and Medieval art c 500 CE to c 1400.
History of medicine.
History: earliest times to present day.
Literature and literary studies.
Medicine: general issues.
Medieval history.
Military history.
The arts.
Medicine, Medieval.
Wound healing.
Indexed Term
medieval culture.
middle ages.
wound repair.
wounded body.
medieval literature.
Added Author
Tracy, Larissa, 1974-
DeVries, Kelly, 1956-
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Print version: Wounds and wound repair in Medieval culture. Leiden : Brill, [2015] (DLC) 2015032383
9789004306455 (electronic book)
9004306455 (electronic book)
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10.26530/OAPEN_606734 doi