Henry Daniel and the Rise of Middle English Medical Writing

Edited by Sarah Star

© 2022

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 collection promotes a wider understanding of Daniel’s texts and prompts new discoveries about their importance.

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This collection of original essays introduces readers to the work of Henry Daniel, exploring his many contributions from medical, historical, and literary perspectives.

Henry Daniel and the Rise of Middle English Medical Writing

Edited by Sarah Star

© 2022

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 collection promotes a wider understanding of Daniel’s texts and prompts new discoveries about their importance.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Sarah Star is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of English at Kenyon College.
  • Table of contents

    Preface
    Sigils of Witnesses

    Introduction: Reading Henry Daniel
    Sarah Star

    Part One: Contexts

    1. Latin Traditions of Uroscopy
    Faith Wallis

    2. Translation, Comparison, and Adaptation: Latin Verse Herbals in the Aaron Danielis
    Winston Black

    3. Henry Daniel and His Medical Contemporaries in England
    Peter Murray Jones

    Part Two: Texts and Legacy

    4. Textual Layers in the Liber Uricrisiarum
    E. Ruth Harvey

    5. The Heirs of Henry Daniel: The Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Legacy of the Liber Uricrisiarum
    M. Teresa Tavormina

    6. “Her ovn self seid me”: The Function of Anecdote in Henry Daniel’s Liber Uricrisiarum
    Hannah Bower

    7. The “almost-Latin” Medical Language of Late Medieval England
    Sarah Star

    Appendix: Liber Uricrisiarum Content Guide
    Manuscript Index
    Works Cited
    List of Contributors
    Index

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