Please join us for the 2nd Annual Medieval Literatures Lecture!
Thursday, May 2. 4:00 – 5:00 in SH 2617
Professor Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia
“Literary Friendship & Historical Fiction: Scenes From Medieval London”
Prof. Holsinger is Professor of English and Medieval Studies at UVA, but he is also the author of the forthcoming novel A Burnable Book (Harper Collins 2014) set in London in 1385 and featuring John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer.
Come hear Prof Holsinger talk about his experience of writing and
publishing historical fiction and read selections from his novel.
THURSDAY, April 25th at noon in HSSB 4041
Nicole Archambeau, Dept of History & Religious Studies, UCSB
“Identifying Health Care Providers in the Later Middle Ages”
What did people in the 14th century do when they were sick? The answer
was often far more complex than traditional research in the history of
medicine shows. By sifting through the narratives of people coping
with their own and loved-ones’ health care, we find that people used
all available methods and even created new ones when needed. We also
see that medieval concepts of health care extended beyond the
boundaries of the physical body to include the passions or what
contemporaries called “accidents of the soul.” Healers and sufferers
saw that sadness, fear, and anxiety could damage physical health and
were health problems in their own right.