Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden

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Peter Dendle, Alain Touwaide
Boydell Press, 2008 - Science - 256 pages
The important and ever-shifting role of medicinal plants in medieval science, art, culture, and thought, both in the Latin Western medical tradition and in Byzantine and medieval Arabic medicine, is the focus of this new collection. Following a general introduction and a background chapter on Late Antique and medieval theories of wellness and therapy, in-depth essays treat such wide-ranging topics as medicine and astrology, charms and magical remedies, herbal glossaries, illuminated medical manuscripts, women's reproductive medicine, dietary cooking, gardens in social and political context, and recreated medieval gardens. They make a significant contribution to our understanding of the place of medicinal plants in medieval thought and practice, and thus lead to a greater appreciation of how medieval theories and therapies from diverse places developed in continuously evolving and cross-pollinating strands, and, in turn, how they contributed to broader ideas concerning the body, religion, identity, and the human relationship with the natural world. CONTRIBUTORS: ALAIN TOUWAIDE, LINDA EHRSAM VOIGTS, PETER DENDLE, TERENCE SCULLY, MARIA AMALIA D'ARONCO, PHILIP G. RUSCHE, MARIJANE OSBORN, PETER MURRAY JONES, GEORGE R. KEISER, EXPIRACION GARCIA SANCHEZ, DEIRDRE LARKIN
 

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Contents

The Legacy of Classical Antiquity in Byzantium and the West
15
Linking the Vegetable with the Celestial
29
Herbs Divine Potency
47
A Cooks Therapeutic Use of Garden Herbs
60
Plants and Herbs in AngloSaxon
101
The Sources for Plant Names in AngloSaxon England and
128
Womens Reproductive Medicine
145
Herbs and the Medieval Surgeon
162
Not Just for Remembrance
180
Species
205
The Medieval Garden Recreated
228
Index of Manuscripts
243
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