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I, Trotula The story of a legendary medieval scientist
The story of a legendary medieval scientist, the pioneer of the Medical School of Salerno (XI century) and author of works on gynecology and cosmetics, who knew how to give women the awareness of their own dignity and cure their illnesses with her prodigious medications.
Skillfully combining truth and fiction, documented evidence and imagination, the author tells the story of Trotula de Ruggiero, the pioneer of the Medical School of Salerno (XI century). Trotula's encounter with Edward the Confessor, the future King of England, is the keystone of the story: a strikingly grand love that inflames her adolescent heart and impresses itself on her soul forever. But for the good of the country, it is an impossible love that was already sealed in the bud from the very beginning. It is precisely because of this sentiment that Trotula has the courage to tenaciously pursue the path of scientific research. With determination and courage she deals with the trials and tribulations of her future as a woman including her marriage to Giovanni Plateario, her maestro who is much older than her, a marriage that is wanted by her uncle Prince Guaimario IV. Her bitter experience like that of many women of her time, but which is not without an inner feeling of indignation, drives her to further her studies in order to redeem herself and all other women to whom she gives bodily health and the pleasure of its beauty.
The book also contains an appendix containing 37 medical prescriptions appropriately set out, as well as an iconography of original apparatus.
Dorotea Memoli Apicella
Dorotea Memoli Apicella, nata a Salerno, dove ha insegnato Lettere classiche nel Liceo Torquato Tasso, oltre ai saggi di storia locale, tra cui uno su Gregorio VII, ha pubblicato: Culti di origine greca a Salerno (2001); Adelperga, da Pavia alla corte di Arechi (2004); Sichelgaita tra Longobardi e Normanni (II ed., 2009). Ha scritto vari articoli, inclusi negli Annali del Liceo Tasso e in "Rassegna Storica Salernitana", tra cui Divagazioni onomastiche su Trotula de Ruggiero. Nel 1998 ha vinto il Premio storico-letterario Leopoldo Cassese per la ricerca inedita su Itinerari salernitani di folclore religioso. Per Martin ha pubblicato i romanzi storici lo, Trotula (2013 - terza edizione), finalista al Premio Fiuggi Storia 2014, e L'albero dei Filipponi (2015).