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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 628: Cultures of Healing in Late Antiquity and the (Mostly) Early Middle Ages, II: Belief in Healing, Belief and Healing

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:ReMeDHe - Working Group for Religion, Medicine, Disability, Health & Healing in Late Antiquity / Beyond Beccaria Project
Organisers:Claire Burridge, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Carine van Rhijn, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Zecher, Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University, Victoria
Paper 628-aCan Medicine Be Dis-Entangled?: Definitions, Margins, and Contradictions in Early Medieval Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Meg Leja, History Department, Binghamton University
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine
Paper 628-bCharms in the Margins: An Analysis of Early Medieval Latin Charms as a Part of Their Manuscript Contexts
(Language: English)
Tim Hertogh, Humanistiske fakultet, Universitetet i Oslo
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine
Paper 628-cDisability in Carolingian Medical Recipes
(Language: English)
Jutta Lamminaho, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis (OGK), Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine, Social History
Paper 628-dVisual Rhetoric and Reliability Clauses in Medical Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Irene van Renswoude, Huygens ING, Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Amsterdam / Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine, Mentalities, Rhetoric

Seeking the restoration of physical or spiritual health rested (and still rests!) on the conviction, or at least the strong hope, that remedies worked, with or without help from the divine. This second session concentrates on how religious beliefs and beliefs in healing were intertwined in the (early) Middle Ages. Here, the main focus is on the contents of early medieval medical manuscripts. How did belief in the contents of these books function despite internal contradictions or the inclusion of anonymous texts or those (such as charms) that complicate traditional ideas about what constitutes 'orthodox' practices, both in terms of medicine and belief?