Viewing Disability in Medieval Spanish Texts

Disgraced or Graced

Connie L. Scarborough

Viewing Disability in Medieval Spanish Texts

Connie L. Scarborough

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

252 pages | 8 color plates | 6 x 9
Cloth $130.00 ISBN: 9789089648754 Will Publish February 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This book is one of the first to examine medieval Spanish canonical works for their portrayals of disability in relationship to theological teachings, legal precepts, and medical knowledge. Connie L. Scarborough shows that physical impairments were seen differently through each lens. Theology at times taught that the disabled were "marked by God," their sins rendered on their bodies; at other times, they were viewed as important objects of Christian charity. The disabled often suffered legal restrictions, allowing them to be viewed with other distinctive groups, such as the ill or the poor. And from a medical point of view, a miraculous cure could be seen as evidence of divine intervention. This book explores all these perspectives through medieval Spain’s miracle narratives, hagiographies, didactic tales, and epic poetry.
 
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