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The Medieval Heart

Heather Webb


This book studies medieval notions of the heart to explore the “lost circulations” of an era when individual lives and bodies were defined by their extensions into the world rather than as self-perpetuating, self-limited entities. Drawing from the works of Dante, Catherine of Siena, Boccaccio, Aquinas, and Cavalcanti, as well as other literary, philosophic, and scientific texts, the book reveals medieval answers to such fundamental questions as: Where is life located? Of what does it consist? Where does it begin? How does it end? Against the modern idea of the isolated self, the medieval heart ... More

Keywords: medieval era, heart, Dante, Catherine of Siena, Boccaccio, Thomas Aquinas, Cavalcanti, isolated self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780300153934
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300153934.001.0001


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Heather Webb, author

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