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Herbs and health

A Hermit’s Cookbook : Monks, Food and Fasting in the Middle Ages

Continuum, 2011

Book chapter

...In 1142, Bernard of Clairvaux sent a group of his monks to Italy to found a daughter-house not far from Rome. The site chosen was a ruined former Greek Orthodox monastery, St Anastasius, and the leader of the group was an Italian Cistercian...

Mental Health in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Encyclopedia entry

...Topic/Event Description Though the terminology relating to mental health differed from modern definitions, and was in no way as specific as the taxonomy of mental disorders developed in the 1890s, a wide range of symptoms were described...

Production and Practice

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...The study of medieval hair occurs at the intersection of hygiene, ritual, and beauty. Medieval people needed to clean their hair to keep it free of dirt and vermin. How they arranged it depended on an almost infinite variety of factors...

Veterinary Medicine in Nineteenth-Century Egypt

Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean : New Histories of Disease in Ottoman Society

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...The Human­Animal Relationship is an essential aspect of understanding the past and present of all societies.On this topic in Ottoman Egypt, see Alan Mikhail, The Animal in Ottoman Egypt (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), from which...

Health and Science

A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Book chapter

...Many possible narratives of childhood existed in the cultural repertoire of the Middle Ages: tales of innocence or corruption; tales of the exceptional or the ordinary child; tales of the spiritual or the physiological. It is with the last...

Medical and Scientific Understandings

A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...By 350 CE, the highly decentralized late antique West experienced the slow emergence of Christianity as a dominant religion in a divided Roman Empire. By 1300 CE, there was a far more centralized Christian religion in the West...

Disabilities in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Encyclopedia entry

...Theme Description The phrase “medieval disabilities” includes all physical, emotional, and mental impairments of people from the Middle Ages, which is approximately 500–1500 CE, but more recently includes a longer view of the term “Middle...

Medicine and the Senses: Feeling the Pulse, Smelling the Plague, and Listening for the Cure

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...A sign of change in the quality of the body happens in four ways: either by sight as in jaundice, morphew, a blackened tongue and the like; or by smell, such as fetid breath or sweat [that smells like] a lobster or a he-goat or the like...

Health and Hygiene: Hair in the Medical Traditions

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...In medieval Latin Europe, hair was a common object of interest for both health practitioners and the lay public alike. From a theoretical and an empirical point of view, hair was connected to health and disease, and practices involving its...

Introduction

A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Book chapter

...In 1995, a leading medieval historian published an essay entitled “Why All the Fuss about the Medieval Body?” Caroline Walker Bynum , “Why...