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How to live well, the medieval way

Medieval recommendations on how to maintain health are surprisingly similar to the advice we hear today. The importance of sleep, exercise and a balanced diet can never be underestimated, as historian Dr Katherine Harvey reveals.

Words by Katherine Harvey

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About the author

Katherine Harvey

Dr Katherine Harvey is a medieval historian based at Birkbeck, University of London. She is the author of ‘Episcopal Appointments in England, c. 1214–c. 1344’ (Ashgate, 2014), and is currently writing books on the medieval episcopal body (for OUP) and medieval sex (for Reaktion).