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Medieval bodies : life, death and art in the Middle Ages / Jack Hartnell.

Hartnell, Jack, (author.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 909.07 HAR (Text) 33500013161278 New Available -
Roseau Public Library 909.07 HAR (Text) 35500006259327 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781324002161
  • ISBN: 1324002166
  • Physical Description: 146 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
First published by Profile Books in partnership with Wellcome Collection in the UK in 2018 under the title Medieval Bodies: Life, Death and Art in the Middle Ages.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-324) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"With wit, wisdom, and a sharp scalpel, Jack Hartnell dissects the medieval body and offers a remedy to our preconceptions. Medieval beliefs about the body were drastically different from ours today: Hair was thought to be a condensation of fumes emitted from the pores, ideas were supposedly committed to memory by being directly imprinted on the brain, and the womb of a goat was believed to function as a contraceptive. But while this medieval medicine now seems archaic, it also made a critical contribution to modern science. Medieval Bodies guides us on a head-to-heel journey through this era's revolutionary advancements and disturbing convictions. We learn about the surgeons who dissected a living man's stomach, then sewed him up again; about the geographers who delineated racial groups by skin color; and about the practice of fasting to gain spiritual renown. Encompassing medicine and mysticism, politics and art-and complete with vivid, full-color illustrations-Medieval Bodies shows us how it felt to live and die a thousand years ago"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2
    *Starred Review* Medieval Bodies was a Sunday Times History Book of the Year when published in Britain last year, and it is now coming out in the U.S. Hartnell, a professor of the history of art and visual culture, brings together his vast knowledge of medieval art and writing to examine how European and Middle Eastern peoples of the time understood the workings of their own bodies. He starts with medical texts and illustrations, explores the legacy of classical Greek and Roman teachings, and surveys the general practices of medicine and healing during this period. But he doesn't stop there. The body becomes a metaphor for medieval culture overall that informs our understanding of everything from the politics, religious beliefs, and class structures of this swath of Western history to the arts and interpersonal relationships of those who peopled it. Armed with Hartnell's telling, readers will reassess their traditional view of the Middle Ages. Far from a Dark Age of superstition and ignorance, this was a time of curiosity, inquiry, and experimentation—a collision of the legacies of the past and the realities of the present. His knowledge and insight are impressive, and he shows uses with wit and humor. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Civilization, Medieval.
Medicine, Medieval.
Human body > Social aspects > History.
HISTORY / Europe / Medieval.
ART / History / Medieval.
MEDICAL / History.

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