Session1304
TitleReligion and Medicine, II: Religious Views of Illness
Date/TimeWednesday 9 July 2014: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorCentre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
 
OrganiserCatherine Rider, Department of History, University of Exeter
 
Moderator/ChairIona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
 
Paper 1304-a God's Will, Old Age, and Miraculous Conception: Infertility in Late Medieval Religious Writing
(Language: English)
Catherine Rider, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index Terms: Hagiography; Medicine; Religious Life; Sexuality
Paper 1304-b Hagiographical Perceptions of Mental Illness in 12th-Century England
(Language: English)
Anne E. Bailey, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Hagiography; Medicine
Paper 1304-c The Crusades and the Sick King
(Language: English)
Joanna Phillips, School of History, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Crusades; Medicine; Religious Life
 
AbstractThe interaction between religion and medicine in the Middle Ages has attracted the interest increasing numbers of scholars over the last few decades, and this session is one of two focusing on the area. It examines the ways in which medicine and religion interacted when medieval people thought about particular illnesses and medical situations, with papers on infertility and mental illness - both conditions which were mentioned in the Bible and in later medieval religious texts as having a spiritual dimension - and a paper on attitudes to illness during the unusual religious setting of the crusades, focussing on sick crusading kings.