REGISTRATION OPEN! The Maladies, Miracles and Medicine of the Middle Ages, III. ‘Patients, Prayers, and Pilgrims’ (Friday 1 April, 2022)

I am delighted to announce that registration is now open for The Maladies, Miracles and Medicine of the Middle Ages, III ‘Patients, Prayers and Pilgrims’.

The conference will be run in a hybrid format online and in-person at the University of Reading (UK). Please note that we have limited in-person attendance available, and this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Conference registration will close end-of-day Monday 7 March.

To register please email the organisers (Dr Ruth Salter, Claire Collins, and Anne Jeavons) via the conference email address:

Our wonderful programme of speakers can be found below.

9.00-9.30: Registration

9.30-9.45: Welcome

9.45-11.10: Panel 1: Practical and Holistic Healthcare (chair: Anne Jeavons)

Dr Philippa Byrne (University of Oxford) ‘Bathers and Readers: Healing in Twelfth-Century Pozzuoli and Salerno’

Diane Budden (University of Winchester) ‘‘For the howse that Brigit kept the Syk people yn’: Comparing Healthcare in Southampton and Portsmouth in the Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Century’

Heather Taylor (University of Kent) ‘Practitioners of holistic healthcare: magico-medical treatments in the Middle Ages’

11.10-11.25: Coffee Break

11.25-12.45: Panel 2: Travel and Healthcare (chair: Dr Katie Phillips)

Janet Walls (University of Reading) ‘Brontology in the context of the regimen of health and implications for travel’

Laura Esposito (University of Naples) ‘The health remedies “contra lassitudo” in the medical treatise “De regimine et via itineris et fine peregrinantium” written by Adamo da Cremona (13th century).’

Maja Perić (University of Zagreb) ‘Being sick, seeing the sick and being healed. How pilgrims from the Low Countries coped with illness during their journey to the Holy Land’

12.45-13.35: Lunch Break

13.35-14.55: Panel 3: Devotion and Material Culture (chair: Claire Collins)

Dr Frances Cook (University of Reading) ‘Representations of Saints Margaret of Antioch and Nicholas of Myra in English parish churches and their role in ensuring the well-being of Christian communities’

Molly Proud (University of St Andrews) ‘Wax Bodies: How beeswax votives, like Exeter Cathedral’s c. fifteenth century hoard, advocated for the divine healing of their votaries’ bodies’

Aisling Passmore (University of Oxford) ‘Heavenly Mothers: embodiment, devotion and gender in late medieval childbirth’

14.55-15.10: Coffee Break

15.10-16.30: Panel 4: Saints and Medicine (chair: Dr Claire Carrothers)

Caroline Bourne (University of Reading) ‘The Early Medieval Gower Saints as Healers’

Jude Seal (Royal Holloway, University of London) ‘Healed Pilgrims and Suffering Saints’

Dr Ninon Dubourg (University of Liège) ‘Secundum assertionem et consilium medicorum: Petitioners as patients in front of the Apostolic Chancery during the Avignon Period (1309-1378)’

16.30-16.40: Quick Break

16.40-17.40: Panel 5: Grief and Trauma (chair: Dr Ruth Salter)

Lorenz A. Hindrichsen (Copenhagen International School) ‘Postpandemic trauma in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Franklin’s Tale’

Dr Emily A. Winkler (University of Oxford) ‘Personality of Pathology? Chronic Grief and Social Intervention in Medieval Thought, c.1050-1200’

17.40-18.00: Concluding remarks

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