Biography

Carole Rawcliffe was an editor on the History of Parliament Trust (1979-92) before becoming a Senior Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at UEA (1992-7). She was made Reader in the History of Medicine (1997-2002) and Professor of Medieval History (2002).

Her research focuses upon the theory and practice of medicine in medieval England, with particular emphasis upon hospitals, the interconnection between healing and religion, and urban health.  As editor of The History of Norwich (2004), she maintains an interest in the East Anglian region, and has written extensively on its medical provision.  Her most recent book, Leprosy in Medieval England (2006), is a study of medieval responses to disease.  She is currently investigating concepts of health and welfare before the Reformation.

Her undergraduate teaching comprises courses on ‘Medicine and Society before the Seventeenth Century’, ‘Agincourt to Bosworth: England in the Wars of the Roses’, and ‘Death, the Body and Disease’ (Special Subject); and at MA level ‘Studies in the History of Medieval Medicine’ and ‘English Palaeography’.

She is willing to supervise MA and PhD theses in the broad categories of health and medicine before c.1550, late medieval religious history and urban studies.

 

All Publications

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Rawcliffe, C.

(2016)

A Crisis of Confidence: Parliament and the Demand for Hospital Reform in Early Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth-Century England,

in Parliamentary History

34

pp. 85-110

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2014)

The Doctor of Physic,

in Historians on Chaucer : The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales.

Oxford University Press

pp. 296-318

ISBN 978-0-19-968954-5

Full Text

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2013)

‘Less Mudslinging and More Facts’: A New Look at an Old Debate about Public Health in Late Medieval English Towns,

in Bulletin of the John Rylands University of Manchester Library

89

(1)

pp. 203-221

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2013)

Communities of the Living and of the Dead: Hospital Confraternities in the Later Middle Ages,

in Hospitals and Communities, 1100-1960.

Peter Lang

pp. 125-54

ISBN 978 30343 02449

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Clark, L. (ed.), Rawcliffe, C. (ed.)

(2013)

Society in an Age of Plague,

Boydell Press

ISBN 9781843838753

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2013)

Urban Bodies: Communal Health in Late Medieval English Towns and Cities,

Boydell Press

ISBN 978 18438 3864

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2012)

¿Fuera del campamento? Leproserías urbanas en la Inglaterra medieval,

in Ciudad y hospital en el Occidente Europeo, ca. 1300-1700.

Actas-Milenio

ISBN 978-84-9743-610-6

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2011)

Health and Disease,

in A Social History of England 900-1200.

Cambridge University Press

pp. 66-75

ISBN 978-0-521-88561-4 (hbk) 978-0-521-71323-8 (pbk)

UEA Repository

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Rawcliffe, C.

(2011)

Medical Practice and Theory,

in A Social History of England 900-1200.

Cambridge University Press

pp. 391-401

ISBN 978-0-521-88561-4 (hbk) 978-0-521-71323-8 (pbk)

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2011)

Sources for the History of Health in the Medieval City,

in Understanding Medieval Primary Sources.

Routledge

pp. 177-95

ISBN 978-0-415-78073-5 (hbk) 978-0-415-78074-2 (pbk)

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2011)

A Fifteenth-Century Medicus Politicus: John Somerset, Physician to Henry VI,

in The Fifteenth Century : Parliament, Personalities and Power.

Boydell Press

pp. 97-120

ISBN 9781843836926

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2010)

The Concept of Health in Late Medieval Society,

in Le interazioni fra economia e ambiente biologico nell'Europa preindustriale secc. XIII-XVIII.

Firenza University Press

pp. 321-38

ISBN 978-88-8453-585-6 (print) 978-88-8453-596-2 (online)

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2009)

A Marginal Occupation? The Medieval Laundress and Her Work,

in Gender and History

21 (1)

pp. 147-169

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2008)

Christ the Physician Walks the Wards: Celestial Therapeutics in the Medieval Hospital,

in London and the Kingdom in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honour of Caroline M. Barron.

Shaun Tyas

pp. 78-97

ISBN 9781900289917

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Rawcliffe, C.

(2008)

Delectable Sightes and Fragrant Smelles: Gardens and Health in Late Medieval and Early Modern England,

in Garden History

36 (1)

pp. 1-21

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2008)

Dives Redeemed? The Guild Almshouses of Later Medieval England,

in The Fifteenth Century.

The Boydell Press

ISBN 9781843834144

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Rawcliffe, C. (ed.), Bailey, M. (ed.), Jurkowski, M. (ed.)

(2007)

Poverty and Wealth: Sheep, Taxation and Charity in Medieval Norfolk,

Norfolk Record Society

ISBN 978 0 9556357 0 0

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2007)

Creating the Medieval Leper: Myths of Segregation in the Middle Ages,

in Freedom of Movement in the Middle Ages: Proceedings of the 2003 Harlaxton Symposium.

Shaun Tyas

pp. 229-48

ISBN 1900289792

UEA Repository

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Rawcliffe, C.

(2007)

A Word from our Sponsor: Advertising the Patron in the Medieval Hospital,

in The Impact of Hospitals in Europe 300-2000.

Peter Lang

pp. 167-193

ISBN 3039110018

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rawcliffe, C.

(2006)

Leprosy in Medieval England,

Boydell Press

ISBN 9781843832737, 9781843834540

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

Research focuses upon the theory and practice of medicine in medieval England, with particular emphasis upon hospitals, the interconnection between healing and religion, and urban health.

Past Research Projects and Grants

Project TitleStart DateEnd DateFunding BodyProject Members
The Norwich Blackfriars Online: A web-based guide to the history and buildings of England's most celebrated Dominican friary (AHRC)1/8/200831/10/2008Arts and Humanities Research CouncilN/A
The Norwich Blackfriars Online: A web-based guide to the history and buildings of England's most celebrated Dominican friary (Norwich HEART)1/8/200831/10/2008Norwich Historic Economic & Regeneration TrustN/A
The Great Hospital Norwich Online: A Web-based Guide to Medieval History and Buildings of one of England's Oldest Hospitals.1/8/200731/10/2007Great Hospital NorwichN/A
The Great Hospital Norwich Online: A Web-based Guide to Medieval History and Buildings of one of England's Oldest Hospitals AHRC1/8/200731/10/2007Arts and Humanities Research CouncilN/A
Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi - Norfolk1/10/200531/3/2009Leverhulme TrustN/A
The Regimen Sanitatis and its Dissemination in Later Medieval England (Wellcome Prize Studentship: Mr C Bonfield)1/10/200330/9/2006Wellcome TrustJohn Charmley, Carole Rawcliffe
Managing the archives and building the libraries of English medieval hospitals31/1/200130/5/2001Arts and Humanities Research CouncilN/A
George Ripley & 15th Century Alchemy Fellowship to Dr J Hughes1/9/200031/8/2003Wellcome TrustS Curtis, John Charmley, Carole Rawcliffe, Jonathan Hughes
History of Norwich1/10/199931/8/2004Town Close Estate Charity (Norwich)Christine Clark, Carole Rawcliffe, Richard Wilson