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- DescriptionEngland has traditionally been understood as a latecomer to the use of forensic medicine in death investigation, lagging nearly two-hundred years behind other European authorities. Using the coroner's inquest as a lens, this book hopes to offer a fresh perspective on the process of death investigation in medieval England. The central premise of this book is that medical practitioners did participate in death investigation - although t in every inquest, or even most, and t necessarily in those investigations where we today would deem their advice most pertinent. The medieval relationship with death and disease, in particular, shaped coroners' and their jurors' understanding of the inquest's medical needs and led them to conclusions that can only be understood in context of the medieval world's holistic approach to health and medicine. Moreover, while the English resisted Southern Europe's penchant for autopsies, at times their findings reveal a solid understanding of internal medicine. By studying cause of death in the coroners' reports, this study sheds new light on subjects such as abortion by assault, bubonic plague, cruentation, epilepsy, insanity, senescence, and unnatural death.
- Author BiographySara M. Butler is Professor of History at Loyola University New Orleans. She has written on the subjects of marital violence, suicide, abortion, and divorce in medieval England. In 2007, she was awarded the Sutherland Prize by the American Society for Legal History.
- Author(s)Sara M. Butler
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication23/10/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleRoutledge Research in Medieval Studies
- Series Part/Volume Number7
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note1 black & white illustrations, 5 black & white tables, 1 black & white halftones
- Weight589 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound
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