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Medieval Military Medicine: From the Vikings to the High Middle Ages

Features many individual cases, extracting their stories of wounds, sickness and death from chronicles, miracle collections, surgeries, government records and other documents.

Deep Cuts: A History of Dissection

The role of the cadaver in medicine is largely hidden away in the modern world, but historically there are many depictions of the act of dissection. This two-week course with Human Remains Conservator Cat Irving will look at the history of dissection, and the role it has played in shaping the medical world. Starting with its brief flowering in ancient Alexandria, it will move through to its flourishing in the Italian states, and later ubiquity in the golden age of medicine, taking in murderers, body snatchers and the 1832 Anatomy Act along the way. It will also consider what depictions of dissection in art reveal – and hide – about this act.

Deep Cuts: A History of Dissection

The role of the cadaver in medicine is largely hidden away in the modern world, but historically there are many depictions of the act of dissection. This two-week course with Human Remains Conservator Cat Irving will look at the history of dissection, and the role it has played in shaping the medical world. Starting with its brief flowering in ancient Alexandria, it will move through to its flourishing in the Italian states, and later ubiquity in the golden age of medicine, taking in murderers, body snatchers and the 1832 Anatomy Act along the way. It will also consider what depictions of dissection in art reveal – and hide – about this act.

Doctoring the Black Death: Medieval Europe’s Medical Response to Plague

Dispelling many myths and misconceptions about medicine during the Middle Ages, Aberth shows that plague doctors formulated a unique and far-reaching response as they began to treat plague as a poison, a conception that had far-reaching implications, both in terms of medical treatment and social and cultural responses to the disease in society as a whole.

Anatomica: The Exquisite and Unsettling Art of Human Anatomy

Anatomica brings together some of the most striking, fascinating and bizarre artworks from the the 14th through 20th century, exploring human anatomy in one beautiful volume, with over 250 images.

Tales of the Troubled Dead: Ghost Stories in Cultural History

The author traces examples of ghost stories from Homer through to the present day, along with describing the aspects of storytelling designed to involve readers.

Toxicology in the Middle Ages & Renaissance

The book approximately covers the 1100s through the 1600s, delving into different aspects of toxicology, such as the contributions of scientific scholars of the time, sensational poisoners and poisoning cases, as well as myths. Historical figures, such as the Borgias and Catherine de Medici are discussed. Toxicologists, students, medical researchers, and those interested in the history of science will find insightful and relevant material in this volume.

A Hangman’s Diary: The Journal of Master Franz Schmidt, Public Executioner of Nuremberg 1573-1617

A Hangman’s Diary is not only a collection of detailed writings by Schmidt about his work, but also an account of criminal procedure in Germany during the Middle Ages. With analysis and explanation, editor Albrecht Keller and translators C. Calvert and A. W. Gruner have put together a masterful tome that sets the scene of execution day and puts you in Master Franz Schmidt’s shoes as he does his duty for his country. An unusual and fascinating classic of crime and punishment, A Hangman’s Diary is more than a history lesson; it shows the true anarchy that inhabited our world only a few hundred years ago.

Medieval Dead

Delve into the past as the Medieval Dead give up their secrets. Engaging accounts and background given by leaders in their field as well as reenactments help to flesh out these stories from accross the ages.

Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs

Death has never looked so beautiful. An intriguing visual history of the veneration in European churches and monasteries of bejeweled and decorated skeletons.

Vampires, Burial, & Death: Folklore & Reality

In this engrossing book, Paul Barber surveys centuries of folklore about vampires and offers the first scientific explanation for the origins of the vampire legends. 

Ghosts in the Middle Ages: The Living & the Dead in Medieval Society

Through this vivid study, Jean-Claude Schmitt examines medieval religious culture and the significance of the widespread belief in ghosts, revealing the ways in which the dead and the living related to each other during the middle ages.

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