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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1336: Approaches to Miracle Narratives, II: Miracles and Medicine

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Hagiography Society
Organiser:Anne E. Bailey, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, University of Tampere
Paper 1336-aWork and Relics: The Socio-Economic Value of Being Healed
(Language: English)
Elizabeth A. Wiedenheft, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Hagiography, Lay Piety, Medicine
Paper 1336-bToothache Miracles in Medieval England
(Language: English)
John F. Beal, Independent Scholar, Leeds
Index terms: Hagiography, Lay Piety, Medicine
Paper 1336-c'Amentiam Quadam Percussam': Cognitive Impairment and Medical Diagnosis in Miracle Stories, 1275-1500
(Language: English)
Leigh Ann Craig, Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University
Index terms: Hagiography, Lay Piety, Medicine

This session investigates three different manifestations of sickness and disability reported at saints’ shrines in medieval Europe. Focusing on lameness, toothache, and neurocognitive impairment respectively, the papers discuss how the religious discourse of sickness and cure acquired specific social, devotional, and medical significance in miracle stories produced in the medieval West.