Disability in Medieval Europe: Thinking about Physical Impairment in the High Middle Ages, c.1100–c.1400

1st Edition

Irina Metzler

Published July 9, 2010
Reference - 356 Pages
ISBN 9780415582049 - CAT# Y108739
Series: Routledge Studies in Medieval Religion and Culture


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This impressive volume presents a thorough examination of all aspects of physical impairment and disability in medieval Europe. Examining a popular era that is of great interest to many historians and researchers, Irene Metzler presents a theoretical framework of disability and explores key areas such as:

  • medieval theoretical concepts
  • theology and natural philosophy
  • notions of the physical body
  • medical theory and practice.

Bringing into play the modern day implications of medieval thought on the issue, this is a fascinating and informative addition to the research studies of medieval history, history of medicine and disability studies scholars the English-speaking world over.

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