Sickness, Disability, and Miracle Cures: Hagiography in England, c. 700 – c. 1200

By analysing a selection of miracle-cure narratives from the main period of miracle writing in England, from the age of Bede to the late twelfth century, this project considers the social significance of such stories.

Allegories of Sight: Blinding and Power in Late Anglo-Saxon England

The practical necessity of sight to effective participation in Anglo-Saxon life is reflected in the multifaceted depictions of punitive blinding in late Anglo-Saxon literature.

The Medieval Magazine: Disabilities in the Middle Ages (Volume 2 Issue 11)

This week we look at disability studies and the Middle Ages, the death of Richard the Lionheart, Rounded Churches, and knights in Harlem.

Making the Medieval Relevant: Crossing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Studies on Disease and Disability

A summary of a paper given by Professor Christina Lee at the University of Nottingham’s “Making the Medieval Relevant” Conference.

Neither Cursed Nor Possessed: Mental Abnormality in the Late Middle Ages

I plan to address the more formal ecclesiastical proscriptions regarding mental abnormality.

To what extent has the concept of ‘deformity’ affected Richard III’s image and character?

This essay will adopt a chronological approach in an attempt to assess when, how, and why the concept of ‘deformity’ or disfigurement became so integral to the central argument surrounding Ricardian historiography, and whether Richard was a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ king.

Drug Overdose, Disability and Male Friendship in Fifteenth-Century Mamluk Cairo

Shihab al-Din al-Hijazi (1388-1471) was an unexceptional legal student in Mamluk Cairo, who, at the age of 24, overdosed on marking nut, a potent plant drug valued for its memory-enhancing properties

Illness and Disability in Twelfth and Thirteenth-Century Notarial Documents in Medieval Toledo

Their documents are symbolic not only of the transition from Muslim Al-Andalus to Christian Spain, but also give us insight into the real-time everyday interactions and events of transitional Toledo after the year 1085 AD between peoples of different cultures, religions, backgrounds and identities.

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