Medieval Minds: Mental Health in the Middle Ages, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Medieval Minds

Mental Health in the Middle Ages, 1st Edition

By Thomas F. Graham


118 pages

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Hardback: 9780367191849
pub: 2019-07-12
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Originally published in 1967 Medieval Minds looks at the Middle Ages as a period with changing attitudes towards mental health and its treatment. The book argues that it was a period that that bridged the ancient with the modern, ignorance with knowledge and superstition with science. The Middle Ages spanned almost a millennium in the history of the humanities and provided the people of this period with the benefit of this knowledge. The book looks at the promise and progress which was reflected by thinkers such as Augustin and Aurelianus, Alexander of Tralles and Paul of Aegina. The book also looks at martyrs like Valentine and Dympna, and the patrons of those afflicted with illnesses such as epilepsy and insanity. Written by the psychologist Thomas Francis Graham, this book provides a distinct and unique insight into the mind of those living in the medieval period and will be of interest to academics of history and literature alike.

Table of Contents




1. Montanus to Dympna

1.1. Mind of Mystics

1.2. Augustine of Hippo

1.3. Mental Therapists

1.4. Saints and Sanity

2. Mohammed to Averroes

2.1. Mind of Mohammed

2.2. Arabian Alienists

2.3. Rhazes and Avicenna

2.4. Candle from Cordova

3. Abelard to Aquinas

3.1. Peter Abelard

3.2. Bartholomew

3.3. Bedlam Beggars

3.4. Roger Bacon

3.5. Thomas Aquinas

4. Kramer to Luther

4.1. Hammer of Witches

4.2. Birth of a Reformer

4.3. Analysis of Luther

5. Agrippa to Bodin

5.1. Heinrich Aggripa

5.2. Philippus Paracelsus

5.3. Johann Weyer

5.4. Francois Rabelais

5.5. The Witchmongers

Index of Names

Index of Subjects

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General