dimanche 24 avril 2022

Henry Daniel

Henry Daniel and the Rise of Middle English Medical Writing

Sarah Star (Editor)

Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Toronto Press (April 15, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1487529536

Henry Daniel, fourteenth-century medical writer, Dominican friar, and contemporary of Chaucer, is one of the most neglected figures to whom we can attribute a substantial body of extant works in Middle English. His Liber Uricrisiarum, the earliest known medical text in Middle English, synthesizes authoritative traditions into a new diagnostic encyclopedia characterized by its stylistic verve and intellectual scope.

Drawing on expertise from a range of scholars, this volume examines Daniel’s capacious works and demonstrates their significance to many scholarly conversations, including the history of late medieval medicine. It explains the background for Daniel’s uroscopic and herbal work, describes all known versions of the Liber Uricrisiarum and traces revisions over time, analyses Daniel’s representations of his own medical practice, and demonstrates his influence on later medical and literary writers.

Both a companion to the recently published reading edition of the Liber Uricrisiarum and a work of original scholarship in its own right, this collectionpromotes a wider understanding of Daniel’s texts and prompts new discoveries about their importance.

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