medieval science

SOURCES & PROBLEMS IN RENAISSANCE MEDICINE. Rewriting the History of European Medicine

This lecture explains the rationale behind the new survey of history in the period, which relies on a wide range of primary and unfamiliar texts drawn from across Europe from Moldavia to Portugal. It considers the consequences for medicine of the opening up of Europe to the wider world, as well as the results of the ever-hardening religious divide, including the fate of Arabic medicine in Iberia.

The Wisdom of the Ages & the Secrets of the Sages: A Medieval Arabic Grimoire (2022)

This book, previously unavailable in English, is an exemplar of the medieval magic of Syria, showing influences of alchemy, natural magic, demonology and ceremonial magic.

Astronomy in the Great Mosque of Damascus: Towards a Social History of Mamluk Astronomy

Join us at the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University, 7 Owengate, Durham, DH1 3HB, on March 15 at 5:00 p.m. to hear Yusuf Tayara of the Oxford University History Department present his research on ‘Astronomy in the Great Mosque of Damascus: Towards a Social History of Mamluk Astronomy’.

CANCELLED – Renaissance Women with Luminos Ensemble

Extraordinary women. Extraordinary music. One extraordinary concert experience.

St. Albert the Great: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Science | Online Science and Religion Series

Online Event by Angelicum Thomistic Institute Register here: angelicum.it/event/st-albert-the-great-medieval-wisdom-for-modern-science/… St. Albert the Great: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Science Fr. Thomas Davenport, OP The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas 16 November 2021 7pm live from the Angelicum, Rome 7pm CET / 6pm GMT / 1pm EST You can live-stream this talk here on Facebook or on YouTube without registering, but if you register, we will send you a Zoom link via email and you will have an opportunity to submit questions to the speaker after the talk.  

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.

The Gilded Page: The Secret Lives of Medieval Manuscripts (2021)

Medieval manuscripts can tell us much about power and art, knowledge and beauty. Many have survived because of an author’s status—part of the reason we have so much of Chaucer’s writing, for example, is because he was a London-based government official first and a poet second.

The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity & Infectious Disease (2021)

For four thousand years, the size and vitality of cities, economies, and empires were heavily determined by infection. Striking humanity in waves, the cycle of plagues set the tempo of civilizational growth and decline, since common response to the threat was exclusion—quarantining the sick or keeping them out. But the unprecedented hygiene and medical revolutions of the past two centuries have allowed humanity to free itself from the hold of epidemic cycles—resulting in an urbanized, globalized, and unimaginably wealthy world.

Healing with Poisons: Potent Medicines in Medieval China (2021)

Healing with Poisons explores the ways physicians, religious devotees, court officials, and laypeople used powerful substances to both treat intractable illnesses and enhance life.

What is Medieval History? (2021)

What is it that medieval historians do? How – and why – do they do it? Arnold discusses the creation of medieval history as a field, the nature of its sources, the intellectual tools used by medievalists, and some key areas of thematic importance from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation.

Doctoring the Black Death: Medieval Europe’s Medical Response to Plague (2020)

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.

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