Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Disability in the Middle Ages: Reconsiderations and Reverberations

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Disability in the Middle Ages: Reconsiderations and Reverberations

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Disability in the Middle Ages: Reconsiderations and Reverberations, ed. Joshua R. Eyler (Farnham and Burlington, Vt: Ashgate, 2010). xii + 236 pp. ISBN 978-0-7546-6822-0. £5 5.00. A varied, interdisciplinary collection of essays drawing on and refining the recent theory and approaches emerging from the field of Disability Studies, in order to explore medieval models, understandings, and experiences of disability across England and the Continent Eight essays are devoted to 'Reconsiderations', and propose new readings of texts and institutions. Mark P. O'Toole explores the identities of the blind at the Hôpital des Quinze-Vingts in Paris, and Scott Wells considers the blindness of Francis of Assisi. Beth Tovey discusses kingly impairments in Anglo-Saxon literature, and John P. Sexton writes on naming, difference, and disability in the Icelandic sagas. Disability in the thirteenth-century Miracles de Saint Louis is the subject of Hannah Skoda, while Aleksandra Pfau looks at the tension between protection and restraint in relation to madness in late medieval France. …

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