IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1316: Animals, Miracles, and Healing

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:University of East Anglia
Organiser:Christopher Alan Bonfield, School of History, University of East Anglia
Moderator/Chair:Gesine E. Oppitz-Trotman, School of History, University of East Anglia
Paper 1316-aMedicine and the Supernatural World: Healing in the Miracles of St Frideswide
(Language: English)
Louise Wilson, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Hagiography, Medicine
Paper 1316-b101 Uses for a Dead Badger: Animals in Medical 'Books of Experiments'
(Language: English)
Kathleen Walker-Meikle, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University of London
Index terms: Medicine, Science
Paper 1316-cHoly Cow!: Miraculous Cures of Animals in Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
Briony Aitchison, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Medicine, Mentalities
Abstract

This session will explore animals, miracles, and healing in the Middle Ages. The first paper will examine the role of medicine and the supernatural in the miracles of St Frideswide. The second paper will examine the medical uses of animals in three medieval ‘books of experiments’ from the 12th and 13th centuries. The final paper will consider the cure of sick animals by saints in medieval Europe.