More on Monastic Sciences

On this page we will be posting some bibliographical references and links to materials which we have found interesting for own ventures into the conference’s themes.


  • Biller, Peter, and Joseph Ziegler, eds, Religion and Medicine in the Middle Ages, York Studies in Medieval Theology, 3 (Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2001).
    – A collection of studies which aims to break down the notion that religious mysticism was inimical to and inhibited “rational” medical enquiry.
  • Duffin, Jacalyn, Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints and Healing in the Modern World (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • Glick, Thomas F., Steven J. Livesey and Faith Wallis, eds, Medieval Science, Technology and Medicine: An Encyclopedia (London and New York: Routledge, 2005).
    – A very accessible introduction to many topics pertinent to this conference, but contains little specifically on monasticism and the sciences.
  • Horden, Peregrine, Hospitals and Healing from Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages, Variorum Collected Studies Series, 881 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).
  • Houbrook, Ceri, and Natalie Armitage, The Materiality of Magic: An Artifactual Investigation into Ritual Practices and Popular Beliefs (Oxford: Oxbow, 2015)
    – A collection of essays ranging in time period and geographical area covered (so not monastic specifically), but which puts this topic back into the field of archaeology. Useful for methodological purposes.
  • Page, Sophie, Magic in the Cloister: Pious Motives, Illicit Interests, and Occult Approaches to the Medieval Universe (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013).
    – The most recent book by one of our keynote speakers. A sample is available for download from
  • White, Lynn, Medieval Religion and Technology: Collected Essays (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978).
    – A wonderful collection of thought-provoking essays, many of which seek reasons why the pace of technological change altered so greatly within western Europe during the Middle Ages. White was keenly aware of the paucity of references in his field of scholarship, with the result that his arguments provide a wealth of follow-up references.

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