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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 212: Something for the Pain, I: Pain in the World, or a World of Pain in the Middle Ages

Monday 10 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft
Organiser:Arnold Otto, Erzbischöfliches Generalvikariat Erzbistumsarchiv, Paderborn
Moderator/Chair:Arnold Otto, Erzbischöfliches Generalvikariat Erzbistumsarchiv, Paderborn
Paper 212-aPain Doesn't Count: Inflicting and Compensating Wounds in Medieval Frisia
(Language: English)
Han Nijdam, Fryske Akademy, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Index terms: Daily Life, Law, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 212-bPain, Risks, and Reputation: Functions of Suffering in Surgical Practice
(Language: English)
Karine van 't Land, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen / Bartholomeus Society
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 212-cCourtly Knights in Pain: Suffering from Unhealing Wounds
(Language: English)
Cora Dietl, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Cultuur, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - German, Mentalities, Social History

In the Middle Ages, encountering pain was a very common phenomenon. Pain itself is a physical phenomenon in which information about bodily mistreatment is directed to the brain in a biochemical way. The actual encountering of pain however is a challenge to a human being’s understanding of his life, and an ongoing source of various emotions, reaching from anxious avoidance to heroic acceptance, to devout ways of living it up. The papers in these two sessions seek to investigate the various ways people dealt with pain in the Middle Ages and its aftermath.