IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 112: Sense and Sensibility: Music, Smell, and Controlling the Social Body in the Later Middle Ages

Monday 10 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:University of East Anglia
Organiser:Christopher Alan Bonfield, School of History, University of East Anglia
Moderator/Chair:Andrea E. Oliver, School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
Paper 112-aThe Last Non-Natural: Music, the Emotions, and the Regimen Sanitatis
(Language: English)
Christopher Alan Bonfield, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Liturgy, Medicine, Music
Paper 112-bSmell and Sight: The Senses and Health in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Joy E. Hawkins, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine
Paper 112-cPolicing and Great Yarmouth: Controlling the Social Body
(Language: English)
Janka Dorothy Rodziewicz, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Daily Life, Law, Local History
Abstract

This session will demonstrate how the emotions were influenced by external factors, most notably music, smell, and sight. It will also explore the methods used to control the social body. Particular attention will be paid to policing in Great Yarmouth which, like any medieval town or city, was envisaged by contemporaries as a living organism that was constantly breathing, adapting, and evolving. Indeed, medieval English concepts of physiology extended far beyond flesh and blood, and ideas about health not only informed the language of Church and State, but also found practical expression in the urban environment.