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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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IMEMS/IMH Lecture: Keeping Fit in the Middle Ages

16th May 2019, 17:30 to 18:30, Wolfson Gallery Palace Green Library , Professor Emerita, Carole Rawcliffe

We are delighted to announce a joint IMEMS/IMH lecture:

Professor Emerita of Medieval History, Carole Rawcliffe, FSA, FRHistS
School of History, University of East Anglia

At a time when death and disease played a constant part in daily life and medicine could do little in the face of major epidemics, the preservation of health seemed particularly important. Medieval men and women were keen to stay fit, and there was no shortage of advice about the best way to do so, not least through regular exercise tailored to individual needs. As this lecture reveals, our current preoccupation with physical fitness has a long and sometimes surprising history.

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