IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 237: The Animal Turn in Medieval Health Studies, II: Harnessing Nature - The Use and Consumption of Animals

Monday 4 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Sunny Harrison, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Sunny Harrison, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 237-aThe Intake of Unicorn Over the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Adriana Gallardo Luque, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Adriana Gallardo Luque, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Index terms: Medicine, Science
Paper 237-bMedicine and Magic in De taxone liber
(Language: English)
Shirley Kinney, Department of History, University of Toronto, Downtown
Shirley Kinney, Department of History, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Medicine, Science
Paper 237-cThe Will of Wulfgeat and Appelfealu Steeds: Anglo-Saxon Equine Nutrition, Management, and Genetics
(Language: English)
Julia F. Crisler, Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles
Julia F. Crisler, Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles
Index terms: Daily Life, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Old English, Science
Abstract

The use and exploitation of animals was critical to the success of medieval societies. Animals were a key part of many industries and were marshalled as a vital resource. The medieval ‘colonisation of nature’, stemming in part from hexameral literature, saw exploitation of animals and the natural world as the God-given right of humanity. Medieval writers frequently discussed the many and varied uses of animals in didactic, theological, and technical literature. This session will explore some of the diverse ways in which medieval people consumed the natural world and sought to harness its potential.