Medieval Bodies Life, Death and Art in the Middle Ages - The Wellcome Series in the History of Medicine

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Synopsis

A SUNDAY TIMES HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR Dripping with blood and gold, fetishized and tortured, gateway to earthly delights and point of contact with the divine, forcibly divided and powerful even beyond death, there was no territory more contested than the body in the medieval world. In Medieval Bodies, art historian Jack Hartnell uncovers the complex and fascinating ways in which the people of the Middle Ages thought about, explored and experienced their physical selves. In paintings and reliquaries that celebrated the - sometimes bizarre - martyrdoms of saints, the sacred dimension of the physical left its mark on their environment. In literature and politics, hearts and heads became powerful metaphors that shaped governance and society in ways that are still visible today. And doctors and natural philosophers were at the centre of a collision between centuries of sophisticated medical knowledge, and an ignorance of physiology as profound as its results were gruesome. Like a medieval pageant, this striking and unusual history brings together medicine, art, poetry, music, politics, cultural and social history and philosophy to reveal what life was really like for the men and women who lived and died in the Middle Ages. Medieval Bodies is published in association with Wellcome Collection.

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Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection publishes books that explore health, medicine and the complexities of the human condition, from bestselling narrative non-fiction such as Forensics by Val McDermid, to award-winning illustrated titles such as The Sick Rose. Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.

Book information

ISBN: 9781781256794
Publisher: Profile
Imprint: Wellcome Collection
Pub date:
DEWEY: 909.07
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 1735
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 740g
Height: 167mm
Width: 242mm
Spine width: 39mm