2. Disability

  1. Jacqueline Stodnick and
  2. Renée R. Trilling
  1. Christina Lee

Published Online: 4 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch2

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

How to Cite

Lee, C. (2012) Disability, in A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies (eds J. Stodnick and R. R. Trilling), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch2

Author Information

  1. University of Nottingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 28 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330199

Online ISBN: 9781118328828



  • disability, as was overrepresented in hagiography;
  • disability studies, a relative newcomer in the humanities;
  • medieval disability and intellectual backwardness, as demonology/witchcraft;
  • impairment, questions of genre/perspective;
  • late Anglo-Saxon England, focus on physical punishment for injuries;
  • the Anglo-Saxon, burial as subject to choice, impairment/poverty link;
  • some factions of modern disability culture, refusing medical intervention;
  • physical difference in Ælfric's texts, as saints/and female immobility;
  • impairment, as only one of the conditions, disabling people in medieval societies


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Body of Evidence

  • Defining Disability: Methods and Approaches

  • The Language of Disability

  • Disabling Rights

  • Conclusion

  • Notes

  • References