Healthy, Good and Happy: The Topicality of the Medieval Model of Wellbeing: De actualiteit van het middeleeuwse welzijnsmodel

Catharina Santing*

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    Departing from a miscellany with various do-it-yourself advice texts from the city of Deventer, this article explains the medieval model of health. It argues that medievals held an overall vision of health, involving physical, mental and spiritual well-being as well as the search for the moral good. At the end of the Middle Ages, residents of Dutch cities energetically strove to create for themselves a better life in terms of health, comfort, satisfaction and spiritual perfection but never left fellow humans to their own devices. Current decision-makers could profit from this integral model and may replace the concept of health with that of well-being.
    Translated title of the contributionHealthy, Good and Happy: The Topicality of the Medieval Model of Wellbeing
    Original languageDutch
    Article number2
    Pages (from-to)11-30
    Number of pages20
    JournalNTT: Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 15-Mar-2021


    • Modern Devotion
    • miscellanies
    • wellbeing
    • advice-literature
    • human dignity

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