Gender, Health, and Healing, 1250-1550
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Gender, Health, and Healing, 1250-1550
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9789463724517
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Introduction
Gendering Medieval Health and Healing: New Sources, New Perspectives
Sara Ritchey and Sharon Strocchia

PART 1: Sources of Religious Healing
Caring by the Hours: The Psalter as a Gendered Healthcare Technology
Sara Ritchey

Female Saints as Agents of Female Healing: Gendered Practices and Patronage in the Cult of St. Cunigunde
Iliana Kandzha

PART 2: Producing and Transmitting Medical Knowledge
Blood, Milk and Breastbleeding: The Humoral Economy of Women's Bodies in Late Medieval Medicine
Montserrat Cabré and Fernando Salmón

Care of the Breast in the Late Middle Ages: The Tractatus de Passionibus Mamillarum
Belle S. Tuten

Household Medicine for a Renaissance Court: Caterina Sforza's Ricettario Reconsidered
Sheila Barker and Sharon Strocchia

Understanding/Controlling the Female Body in Ten Recipes: Print and the Dissemination of Medical Knowledge about Women in the Early Sixteenth Century
Julia Gruman Martins

PART 3: Infirmity and Care
Ubi non est mulier, ingemiscit egens? Gendered Perceptions of Care from the Thirteenth to Sixteenth Centuries
Eva-Maria Cersovsky

Domestic Care in the Sixteenth Century: Expectations, Experiences, and Practices from a Gendered Perspective
Cordula Nolte

Bathtubs as a Healing Approach in Fifteenth-Century Ottoman Medicine
Ayman Yasin Atat

PART 4: (In)fertility and Reproduction
Gender, Old Age, and the Infertile Body in Medieval Medicine
Catherine Rider

Gender Segregation and the Possibility of Arabo-Galenic Gynecological Practice in the Medieval Islamic World
Sara Verskin

Afterword: Healing Women and Women Healers
Naama Cohen-Hanegbi
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Reviews and Features

Co-winner of the 2020 Collaborative Project Award by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender (SSEMWG)! The awards committee states that Gender, Health and Healing 1250-1550 is exciting in conception and breadth, using "an integrative, hybrid model of analysis" that ranges far beyond "the narrow terrain of academic, text-based medicine" using new types of evidence about women's "acts of caring and curing."

"The chapters raise a broader methodological question for historians, literary scholars, art historians, and scholars of religious studies: After excavating such stories, how can we alter our histories of women’s health and healing to make them the central subjects and characters that they clearly were? [...] In that vein, a number of the contributions in this volume contain transcriptions, translations, and reproductions of primary sources that will serve as important resources in our classrooms, where we must teach histories that are more inclusive and representative."
- Hannah Marcus, Harvard University, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Volume 52, Number 1, Summer 2021

Sara Ritchey, Sharon Strocchia (eds)

Gender, Health, and Healing, 1250-1550

This path-breaking collection offers an integrative model for understanding health and healing in Europe and the Mediterranean from 1250 to 1550. By foregrounding gender as an organizing principle of healthcare, the contributors challenge traditional binaries that ahistorically separate care from cure, medicine from religion, and domestic healing from fee-for-service medical exchanges. The essays collected here illuminate previously hidden and undervalued forms of healthcare and varieties of body knowledge produced and transmitted outside the traditional settings of university, guild, and academy. They draw on non-traditional sources -- vernacular regimens, oral communications, religious and legal sources, images and objects -- to reveal additional locations for producing body knowledge in households, religious communities, hospices, and public markets. Emphasizing cross-confessional and multilinguistic exchange, the essays also reveal the multiple pathways for knowledge transfer in these centuries. Gender, Health, and Healing, 1250-1550 provides a synoptic view of how gender and cross-cultural exchange shaped medical theory and practice in later medieval and Renaissance societies.
Editors

Sara Ritchey

Sara Ritchey is Associate Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the author of Holy Matter: Changing Perceptions of the Material World in Late Medieval Christianity (2014) and a forthcoming book on late medieval religious women’s therapeutic knowledge and healthcare practices (2021).

Sharon Strocchia

Sharon Strocchia is Professor of History at Emory University in Atlanta. A social and cultural historian of Renaissance Italy, she has published widely on women, religion, and health-related topics. Her most recent book is Forgotten Healers: Women and the Pursuit of Health in Late Renaissance Italy (2019).