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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 ‘The Fires of Lust: Sex in the Middle Ages’ (Reaktion, 2021), a Sunday Times Paperback of the Week. Her writing has appeared in publications including BBC History Magazine, History Today, The Sunday Times, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Atlantic.