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Lovesickness in the Middle Ages: The Viaticum and Its Commentaries.

WACK, Mary Frances.

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ISBN 10: 081228142X / ISBN 13: 9780812281422
Editorial: University of Pennsylvania Press,, Philadelphia:, 1990
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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First edition. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.; 354 pages. N° de ref. de la librería 73916

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Título: Lovesickness in the Middle Ages: The ...

Editorial: University of Pennsylvania Press,, Philadelphia:

Año de publicación: 1990

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine

Edición: 1st Edition

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According to medieval physicians, lovesickness was an illness of mind and body caused by sexual desire and the sight of beauty. The notorious agony of an unhappy lover was treated as an ailment closely related to melancholia and potentially fatal if not treated.

In Lovesickness in the Middle Ages, Mary F. Wack uses newly discovered texts and takes a fresh look at primary sources to offer the first comprehensive analysis of the forms and meanings of the lover's malady in medieval culture. She examines its importance in medieval literature and its role in the transformation of courtly love from literary convention to social practice. Drawing extensively from the Viaticum and its commentaries, studied for centuries in medical schools, Wack also addresses wider questions about the cultural construction of illness, the conflict between medicine and Church morality, the relations between lovesickness and gender, and the lover's malady as a form of behavior in late medieval society.

The second part of the book contains annotated editions and translations of six important texts on lovesickness—the Viaticum and four commentaries on it. Forty-six black-and-white illustrations provide a striking visual perspective on medieval love and medicine.

Lovesickness in the Middle Ages will interest literary scholars and students as well as historians of medicine, sexuality, psychology, and women's studies.

About the Author:

Mary F. Wack is Professor and Chair of the English Department at Washington State University,

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