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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 643: Medieval Blood, c. 1000-1450

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Patrick Cowley, King's College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Ben Hatchett, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Paper 643-aEntangling the Physical and Conceptual: The Complex Phenomenon of Medieval Jewish Menstruation
(Language: English)
Rosalie Bernheim, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Department of History, University College London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Social History
Paper 643-bDrink Me!: The Transfer of Knowledge through Blood-Drinking in the Norse Eddas
(Language: English)
Natalie Hopwood, Independent Scholar, Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Pagan Religions
Paper 643-c'To knawe ├że wanes [to] late blode': An Unnoticed Version of a Middle English Verse Phlebotomy Tract (DIMEV 6287) in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Ashmole 1438
(Language: English)
Caleb Prus, School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Rochester, New York
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine

This session will explore the rich and diverse theme of medieval blood between c.1000- 1450. We have taken care in organising our session to highlight this diversity, with our papers ranging beyond the Latin Christian West. Norse, Judaic, and continental vernacular medical, mythical, and social discourses are represented here, and as moderators with research focused on the Christian West we will speak for that tradition in chairing the session. The session will show distinct networks of thought concerning medieval blood, whist also noting entanglements and parallels both within individual papers and between the three in the presentation and discussion of them.