Carole Rawcliffe

Carole Rawcliffe

Professor

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Key Research Interests and Expertise

Research focuses upon the theory and practice of medicine in medieval England, with particular emphasis upon hospitals, the interconnection between sickness, healing and religion, and urban health. The history of Norwich to c. 1550 is another area of continuing interest. 

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

Specialisms

Medieval medicine, esp. leprosy and the history of hospitals; the history of Norwich, esp. before 1600; urban health in the Middle Ages.

Biography

Carole Rawcliffe was an editor on the History of Parliament Trust (1979-92) before becoming Senior Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at UEA (1992-7). She was made Reader in the History of Medicine (1997), Professor of Medieval History (2002) and Professor Emeritus of Medieval History (2015).

Her research focuses upon the theory and practice of medicine in medieval England, with particular emphasis upon hospitals, the interconnection between sickness, healing and religion, and urban health.  As editor of The History of Norwich (2004) and The Norwich Chamberlains' Accounts 1539-1545 (2019), she maintains a keen interest in the East Anglian region, and has written extensively on its medical provision.  She is currently chair of the Council of the Norfolk Record Society and serves on the Publications Committee of the Norwich Society.

Her many other publications include Medicine for the Soul (1999), Leprosy in Medieval England (2006) and Urban Bodies (2013).  She has also co-edited collections of essays on Society in an Age of Plague (2012) and Policing the Urban Environment in Premodern Europe (2019).  She is currently engaged in projects on urban animals and on late medieval approaches to fitness and health, on which she has already published various articles.