Disability in Medieval Europe

Thinking about Physical Impairment in the High Middle Ages, c.1100–c.1400

By Irina Metzler

© 2004 – Routledge

368 pages

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About the Book

This impressive volume presents a thorough examination of all aspects of physical impairment and disability in medieval Europe. Examining a popular era that is of great interest to many historians and researchers, Irene Metzler presents a theoretical framework of disability and explores key areas such as:

  • medieval theoretical concepts
  • theology and natural philosophy
  • notions of the physical body
  • medical theory and practice.

Bringing into play the modern day implications of medieval thought on the issue, this is a fascinating and informative addition to the research studies of medieval history, history of medicine and disability studies scholars the English-speaking world over.


"…what an extraordinary achievement this pioneering book is." Social History of Medicine

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Theoretical Framework of Disability 3. Medieval Theoretical Concepts of the (Impaired) Body 4. Impairment in Medieval Medicine and Natural Philosophy 5. Medieval Miracles and Impairment 6. Conclusion

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Medieval Religion and Culture

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval
MEDICAL / History