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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


College Fellow

Research interests: Medieval medicine and science; image-making in medicine; medical books and the circulation of medical information.

Peter Murray Jones is a Fellow and former Librarian of King's College, Cambridge. He was one of the co-applicants of the Wellcome Trust Strategic Award on 'Generation to Reproduction', headed by Nick Hopwood.

In 2005 he was a co-organiser of the Cambridge Illuminations exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, and in 2004 curated The Art of Medicine exhibition at the Beinecke Library, Yale.

Postal address: King's College, Cambridge CB2 1ST


Recent publications

The Medicine of the Friars in Medieval England (York Medieval Press, 2024).

'English Franciscans: Healing and the "Special Sciences" in the Later Middle Ages', in Instances of Franciscanism in England (XIIIth–XVIth Centuries), ed. Andreea Chiriches, Studi Francescani 120 (2023), 769–92.

(with J.M. Dittmar, B. Mulder, A. Tran, P.D. Mitchell, S.A. Inskip, C. Cessford and J.E. Robb), 'Caring for the Injured: Exploring the Immediate and Long-term Consequences of Injury in Medieval Cambridge, England', International Journal of Paleopathology 40 (2023): 7–19.

'Images and Paratexts', in Genre in English Medical Writing, 1500–1820: Sociocultural Contexts of Production and Use. Studies in English Language, ed. Irma Taavitsainen, Turo Hiltunen, Jeremy J. Smith, and Carla Suhr (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022), 297–303.

'John Arderne's Afterlife in Manuscript and Print', in Genre in English Medical Writing, 1500–1820: Sociocultural Contexts of Production and Use. Studies in English Language, ed. Irma Taavitsainen, Turo Hiltunen, Jeremy J. Smith, and Carla Suhr (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022), 13–31.

'Henry Daniel and his Medical Contemporaries in England', in Henry Daniel and the Rise of English Medical Writing, ed. Sarah Star (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2022), 63–83.

'William Holme, medicus, O.F.M. (fl. 1380–1415)', in Testimony, Narrative and Image: Studies in Medieval and Franciscan History, Hagiography and Art in Memory of Rosalind B. Brooke, ed. Michael F. Cusato and Michael J.P. Robson (Leiden: Brill, 2022), 204–28.

(with T. Wang, C. Cessford, J.M. Dittmar, S. Inskip and P.D. Mitchell), 'Intestinal Parasite Infection in the Augustinian friars and general population of medieval Cambridge, UK', International Journal of Paleopathology 39 (2022): 115–21.

(with J. Dittmar, P.D. Mitchell, B. Mulder, S.A. Inskip, C. Cessford and J.E. Robb) 'Gout and "Podagra" in Medieval Cambridge, England', International Journal of Paleopathology 33 (2021): 170–81.

'Early Franciscans in England: Sickness, Healing and Salvation', Early Science and Medicine 26 (2021): 439–58.

'Visualization in Medicine between Script and Print, c.1375–1550', in The Visualization of Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Marcia Kupfer, Adam S. Cohen, J.H. Chajes (Turnhout: Brepols, 2020), 341–360.

'Henry Bradshaw and the Manuscripts at King's College', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 16(4) (2019), 489–515.

'Experimenta, compilation and construction in two medieval books', Poetica: An International Journal of Linguistic-Literary Studies 91 & 92 (Tokyo, 2019), ed. A.S.G. Edwards, 61–80.

(with Lea T. Olsan), 'Medicine and Magic', in The Routledge History of Medieval Magic, ed. Sophie Page and Catherine Rider (London and New York; Routledge, 2019), 299–311.

'Generation between Script and Print', in Reproduction: Antiquity to the Present Day, ed. Nick Hopwood, Rebecca Flemming, and Lauren Kassell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 181–193.

'Ut dicunt fratres minores...: language of witness in late medieval medical compilations', in Parlare la medicina: fra lingue e culture, nello spazio e nel tempo. Atti del Convegno Internazionale, Università di Parma, 5–7 Settembre 2016, ed. Nicola Reggiani e Francesca Bertonazzi (Milan: Mondadori, 2018), 313–27.

'The Survival of the Frater Medicus? English Friars and Alchemy, ca. 1370–ca. 1425', Ambix 65:3 (2018): 232–249.

'Commemoration at a Royal College', in Commemoration in Medieval Cambridge, ed. John Lee and Christian Steer (Cambridge University Library: Boydell, 2018), 106–122.

'Rupert Brooke and the profits of poetry', in Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 16 (2016): 107–24.

(with Lea T. Olsan), 'Performative Rituals for Conception and Childbirth in England, 900–1500', Bulletin of the History of Medicine 89 (2015): 406–33.

'Language and Register in English Medieval Surgery', in Language in Medieval Britain: Networks and Exchanges, ed. Mary Carruthers, Harlaxton Medieval Studies XXV (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2015), 74–89.

Nick Hopwood, Peter Murray Jones, Lauren Kassell, Jim Secord, 'Introduction: Communicating Reproduction', in Bulletin of the History of Medicine 89 (2015): 379–404.

De Arte Phisicali et de Cirurgia by John Arderne; From a New Digital Version of the Stockholm Roll, translated and commented with Torgny Svenberg (Stockholm: Hagströmer Biblioteket, 2014).

'Complexio and Experimentum: Tensions in Late Medieval English Practice', The Body in Balance: Humoral Medicines in Practice, edited by Peregrine Horden and Elizabeth Hsu (New York and London: Berghahn, 2013).

'Medicine', History of Oxford University Press, vol. 1, edited by Ian Gadd (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

'Mediating Collective Experience: The Tabula Medicine (1416–1425) as a Handbook for Medical Practice', Between Text and Patient: The Medical Enterprise in Medieval & Early Modern Europe, Micrologus' Library 39, edited by Florence Eliza Glaze and Brian K. Nance (Florence: SISMEL, 2011): 279–307.

'Medical Literacies and Medical Culture in Early Modern Vernacular Medicine', Medical Writing in Early Modern English, edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Päivi Pahta (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011): 30–43.

'Medicine' (Medieval Studies), Oxford Bibliographies (2010).

'Amulets and Charms', Medieval Christianity in Practice, edited by Miri Rubin (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009): 194–199.

'The Surgeon as Story-Teller', Poetica (An International Journal of Linguistic-Literary Studies) 72 (2009): 77–91.

'Witnesses to Medieval Medical Practice in the Harley Collection', Electronic British Library Journal, article 8 (2008): 1–13.

'The Tabula Medicine: An Evolving Encyclopedia', English Manuscript Studies 1100–1700, vol. 14, Regional Manuscripts 1200–1700, edited by A.S.G. Edwards (2008): 60–85.

'University Books and the Sciences, c.1250–1400', The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, vol. II (1100–1400), edited by N. Morgan and R.M. Thomson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008): 453–462.

'Herbs and the Medieval Surgeon', Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden, edited by P. Dendle and A. Touwaide (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2008): 162–179.

'Amulets: Prescriptions and Surviving Objects from Late Medieval England', Beyond Pilgrim Souvenirs and Secular Badges: Essays in Honour of Brian Spencer, edited by S. Blick (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2007): 92–107.

'Picturing Medicine in the Age of Petrarch', Petrarca e la Medicina. Atti del Convegno di Capo d'Orlando, 27-28 giugno 2003, edited by M. Berté, V. Fera and T. Pesenti (Messina: Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi Umanistici, 2006): 179–200.

'Medical Libraries', A History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, vol. 1, edited by E. Leedham-Green and Teresa Webber (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006): 461–471.

'Word and Image in Medieval Medicine', Visualizing Medieval Medicine and Natural History, 1200–1550, edited by J. Givens, K. Reeds and A. Touwaide (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006): 1–24.