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The Incorruptible Flesh
Bodily Mutation and Mortification in Religion and Folklore

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture

  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521108829

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  • What significance did the body have for the obsessively religious, superstitious, yet materially bound minds of the pre-industrial age? The human body was a constant prey to disease, plague, unhealthy living conditions, the evil effects of druggery and nutritional deficiency, yet the saints seemed to testify to the existence of life beyond this, to a tangible Garden of Eden where all suffering was reversed. The right to entry to this haven was also seen in corporeal terms. The practice of abstemiousness, self-inflicted torture, even the courting of humiliation could trigger visions of beatitude, of the longed-for paradise. In this extraordinary and often astounding book, Professor Camporesi traces these experiences back to various documents across the centuries and explores the juxtaposition of medicine and sorcery, cookery and surgery, pharmacy and alchemy. He opens the window on a fascinating and colourful, if at times violent, world: of levitating and gyrating saints, gardens full of candied fruits and crystalline fountains, amazing exorcisms and arcane medical practices.

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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521108829
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword
    Translators Notes
    Part I:
    1. The 'prodigious manna'
    2. The 'impassible' saint
    3. The dust of Death
    4. Superhuman and heavenly life
    Part II:
    5. Decay and rebirth
    6. Entomata
    7. Hypercatharsis
    8. The 'clock of health'. Bertoldo changes diet and dies
    Part II:
    9. Food for heroes
    10. 'Cock's broth'. The cook and the exorcist
    11. 'Everlasting perfumers'
    12. Forbidden games
    Part IV:
    13. The 'flesh of God'
    14. 'Paradisus voluptatis'
    15. Food sanctuaries
    16. The 'plagues of Africa'. 'Darkness over Egypt'
    Index.

  • Author

    Piero Camporesi

    Translator

    Tania Croft-Murray

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