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Living with Disfigurement in Early Medieval Europe

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This book is open access under a CC-BY 4.0 license.

This book examines social and medical responses to the disfigured face in early medieval Europe, arguing that the study of head and facial injuries can offer a new contribution to the history of early medieval medicine and culture, as well as exploring the language of violence and social interactions. Despite the prevalence of warfare and conflict in early medieval society, and a veritable industry of medieval historians studying it, there has in fact been very little attention paid to the subject of head wounds and facial damage in the course of war and/or punitive justice. The impact of acquired disfigurement for the individual, and for her or his family and communityis barely registered, and only recently has there been any attempt to explore the question of how damaged tissue and bone might be treated medically or surgically. In the wake of new work on disability and the emotions in the medieval period, this study documents how acquired disfigurement is recorded across different geographical and chronological contexts in the period.



Explores a vastly overlooked area of study within medieval studies

Incorporates cutting-edge work within disability studies and the history of emotions

Covers a wide expanse of time and different geographical contexts within the period



Auteur

Patricia Skinner is Research Professor in Arts and Humanities at Swansea University, UK. She is the Director of the Effaced from History project, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, and has previously published books on gender, medicine, and health, in addition to the social history of southern Italy.



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This book is open access under a CC-BY 4.0 license. 

This book examines social and medical responses to the disfigured face in early medieval Europe, arguing that the study of head and facial injuries can offer a new contribution to the history of early medieval medicine and culture, as well as exploring the language of violence and social interactions. Despite the prevalence of warfare and conflict in early medieval society, and a veritable industry of medieval historians studying it, there has in fact been very little attention paid to the subject of head wounds and facial damage in the course of war and/or punitive justice. The impact of acquired disfigurement for the individual, and for her or his family and communityis barely registered, and only recently has there been any attempt to explore the question of how damaged tissue and bone might be treated medically or surgically. In the wake of new work on disability and the emotions in the medieval period, this study documents how acquired disfigurement is recorded across different geographical and chronological contexts in the period. 



Résumé
This book examines social and medical responses to the disfigured face in early medieval Europe, arguing that the study of head and facial injuries can offer a new contribution to the history of early medieval medicine and culture, as well as exploring the language of violence and social interactions.

Contenu

Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Writing and Reading about Medieval Disfigurement

2. The Face, Honor and 'Face'

3. Disfigurement, Authority and the Law

4. Stigma and Disfigurement: Putting on a Brave Face?

5. Defacing Women: the Gendering of Disfigurement

6. Ways of Seeing: Staring at and Representing Disfigurement

7. Paths to Rehabilitation? The Possibilities of Treatment

8. Conclusion

Appendix I

Appendix II

Bibliography

Index

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Living with Disfigurement in Early Medieval Europe
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9781349950737
ISBN: 1349950734
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Palgrave Macmillan US
nombre de pages: 292
Poids: 493g
Taille: H216mm x B153mm x T20mm
Année: 2016
Auflage: 1st ed. 2017

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