Article ID: CBB912795977

Miracle Tales as Privileged Sources for a Historical Investigation of the Diseases in the Middle Age: Canonization Processes and Libri miraculorum (2024)


Foscati, Alessandra (Author)

Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Volume: 36
Issue: 1
Pages: 133-147
Publication date: 2024
Language: English

In the varied spectrum of healers to whom the sick people could turn to in Middle Ages, including physicians, surgeons and different kind of empirical practitioners, the saint was often the first to whom they would refer. Miracle tales, therefore, represent an essential source for a historical investigation into diseases and sick people. Without claiming to be exhaustive, this article aims to briefly outline this topic through several examples taken from miracles accounts in some canonization processes and Libri miraculorum, compiled between the thirteenth and the fifteenth centuries. It will be highlighted how these sources, when properly interpretated, are of fundamental importance for understanding the relationship between the sick and his/her community of reference, as well as the work of some empirical healers who approached the sick person’s bedside. Furthermore, these sources are unique lexicographical treasures related to the vocabulary of disease – an aspect still largely overlooked.

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Authors & Contributors
Bailey, Anne E.
Boeckl, Christine M.
Clark, Fiona
Crisciani, Chiara
Filippini, Nadia Maria
Kelly, James G.
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Gender and History
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Laboratorio dell'ISPF
Truman State University Press
Ashgate Publishing
Carocci Editore
Edwin Mellen Press
Manchester University Press
Medicine and religion
Medicine and society
Disease and diseases
Public health
Francis of Assisi
Constantinus Africanus
Time Periods
Early modern
17th century
19th century
14th century

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