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Addressing the Evidence of Historical Medical Grave Robbing: Past Practices and their Influence on modern memory and Western Uses of the Body
In this thesis I compare two cases where human remains were found on the grounds of two historical medical colleges, the Medical College of Georgia and the Medical College of Virginia. These remains are presumed to be the ...
Get A Head In Life: The Creation of Denis as a Cephalophoric Saint
Martyrdoms by beheading are not uncommon in hagiographic narratives. In fact, it is one of the most common forms of martyrdom. In 8th century Francia, the beheading of Saint Denis became rose to national prestige. Saint ...
Delivered Without Peril: Birth Girdles and Childbirth in Late Medieval and Early Modern England
Medieval English prayer rolls offered protection from various dangers: death in battle, disease, weather, or misfortune, among others. Some prayer rolls promised specific protections for pregnant and laboring women. These ...
Reading Reverence: Literate Practice in Ambrose of Milan’s Expositio evangelii secundum Lucam
Ambrose of Milan has long been heralded as the political mind behind the dramatic change in power play between the Church and the imperial seat of Late Roman government. However, after years of producing text, championing ...
Byzantine Sorrow and Venetian Joy: The Failure of Byzantine Diplomacy and the Expansion of Trade in the Mediterranean, 700-1200
From the seventh century to the twelfth century, the Byzantine Empire faced the threat of invasion and trading competition from allies in the West. In order to address these problems, the emperors used a variety of ...