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From a Master to a Laywoman: A Feminine Manual of Self-Help

From a Master to a Laywoman: A Feminine Manual of Self-Help

By Montserrat Cabre

Dynamis : Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque. Historiam Illustrandam, Vol.20 (2000)

Abstract: This article analyzes master Joan’s Tròtula, a late fourteenth-century Catalan text on women’s health addressed to an infanta of Aragon which survives in one late fourteenth-century manuscript. It presents a hypothesis regarding its genre, its composition and use at the Catalan-Aragonese Court, and its later fortuna. It considers how Master Joan inscribed in the text a conception of women’s medical needs, while also defining lay women’s involvement in maintaining their health.

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