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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 337: The Animal Turn in Medieval Health Studies, III: Care of the Brute Beast - Veterinary Medicine in the Later Middle Ages

Monday 4 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Sunny Harrison, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Kathleen Walker-Meikle, Department of History, University College London
Paper 337-aLords, Ladies, Grooms, and 'Boys': The Many Faces of Animal Care in Late Medieval Miracle Narratives
(Language: English)
Sunny Harrison, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Daily Life, Hagiography, Medicine
Paper 337-bContracts for the Cure of Animals in the Kingdom of Valencia in the 15th Century: The Case of Alzira
(Language: English)
Carmel Ferragud, Institut d'Història de la Medicina i de la Ciència López Piñero, Universitat de València
Index terms: Local History, Medicine, Science

Scholars have long recognised the great variety of veterinary writers and practitioners operating in the middle ages and yet we have made surprisingly little progress in illuminating the experiences, expectations, and practices of that highly heterogeneous group of people who devoted some or all of their lives to maintaining the health of animals. The work of writers such as Laurentius Rusius and Manuel Díez had a significant and lasting impact on veterinary medicine. Animal healers are also witnessed in miracle narratives, juridical documents, and household accounts, operating at every level of society. This session will use a variety of sources from across western Europe and Iberia to explore the lives of animal healers, their interactions with society and their attitudes towards their animal charges.