Norton

9781324002161

STARRED REVIEW

Medieval Bodies

Jack Hartnell points to the common humanity between our modern selves and the men (and women!) who left behind these Medieval writings.

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Review of ‘Medieval Bodies’

Perusing the pages of Jack Hartnell’s gloriously illustrated Medieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle Ages, my eye caught on an elegant depiction of a tree, reproduced from a 15th-century German manuscript and surrounded by pear-shaped vials and delicate writing. Enchanted, I stopped to admire it and read the accompanying caption: “A wheel of…

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