Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden

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Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden, ed. Peter Dendle and Alain Touwaide (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2008). xiv +256 pp.; 19 illustrations. ISBN 978-1-84383-363-5. £50.00. This new collection reflects a resurgence both of academic and more general cultural interest in medieval gardens and the role of plants in healing and medicine. Essays explore the changing and developing roles of medicinal plants in medieval science, art, culture, and thought, both in the Latin West and in Byzantine and Arabic tradition. As well as a general introduction, the volume includes an introductory essay by Alain Touwaide on the legacy of classical antiquity in Byzantium. This discussion of medieval theories of wellness and therapy is followed by essays on links between plants and planets (Linda Ehrs am Voigts) and the related idea of divine potency in plants (Peter Dendle). …

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