Kalamazoo prep begins

The program for this year’s International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo Michigan was released last week. I’ll be giving a talk on plague references in the Venerable Bede’s Prose Life of Cuthbert (c. 720). It is the earliest substantial plague text from Anglo-Saxon England. Cuthbert survived a case of bubonic plague as a young adult and went on to become a bishop during the second major wave of plague. I hope this will be the first component in a comprehensive study of the plague in the works of the Venerable Bede, one of the best sources for the later waves of the first plague pandemic.

Session 170

The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing IV: Texts, Plagues, and Religious Healing

Sponsor: Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages and AVISTA: The Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art

Organizer: Linda Migl Keyser, Univ. of Maryland, and Barbara S. Bowers, Ohio
State Univ.

Presider: William H. York, Portland State Univ.

  • Plague in Bede’s Prose Life of Cuthbert, Michelle Ziegler, St. Louis Univ.
  • Religious and Medical Interpretations of Pestilence in the Late Middle Ages, Ottó Gecser, Eötvös Loránd Univ./Central European Univ.
  • The Lytell Boke of the 24 Stones, Tom Blaen, Univ. of Exeter
  • Hope and Heat: Secular Medicine and Human Faith in Two Late Medieval Resurrection Miracles, Leigh Ann Craig, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.