Trauma in Medieval Society is an edited collection of articles from a variety of scholars on the history of trauma and the traumatised in medieval Europe. Looking at trauma as a theoretical concept, as part of the literary and historical lives of medieval individuals and communities, this volume brings together scholars from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, literature, religion, and languages. The collection offers insights into the physical impairments from and psychological responses to injury, shock, war, or other violence—either corporeal or mental. From biographical to socio-cultural analyses, these articles examine skeletal and archival evidence as well as literary substantiation of trauma as lived experience in the Middle Ages.
Contributors are Carla L. Burrell, Sara M. Canavan, Susan L. Einbinder, Michael M. Emery, Bianca Frohne, Ronald J. Ganze, Helen Hickey, Sonja Kerth, Jenni Kuuliala, Christina Lee, Kate McGrath, Charles-Louis Morand Métivier, James C. Ohman, Walton O. Schalick, III, Sally Shockro, Patricia Skinner, Donna Trembinski, Wendy J. Turner, Belle S. Tuten, Anne Van Arsdall, and Marit van Cant.
Wendy J. Turner. Ph.D. (2000), University of California, Los Angeles, is Professor of History at Augusta University. The author of numerous articles, her monograph is
Care and Custody of the Mentally Ill, Incompetent, and Disabled in Medieval England (2013).
Christina Lee, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham in the School of English. She is one of two general editors (with Sally Crawford) of Studies in Early Medicine and she has published widely on medieval disability and concepts of health. Her publications include ‘Threads and Needles: The Use of Textiles for Medical Purposes’ in
Textiles, Text, Intertext (2017).
Advanced undergraduates will find this volume accessible, and yet it is a scholarly work, such that specialists in medieval medicine, disabilities, religion, and society will find it useful and engaging.