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Leechcraft: Early English Charms, Plantlore…

Leechcraft: Early English Charms, Plantlore and Healing

by Stephen Pollington

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An examination of every aspect of the early English approach to illness and healing, including: the theory and practice of magic/psychology in healing; the plants used and the properties they contain. Three key Old English texts are reproduced in full, accompanied by new translations: Bald's Third Leechbook, Lachunga, and Old English Herbarium.… (more)

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Cracking book, bringing together the texts of some fascinating manuscripts in an accessible format.Compulsory reading for cunning folk. ( )
1 vote MarionII | Apr 24, 2010 |
An excellent and informative source, the book makes use of three tenth-century manuscripts concerning health and medical practices: the Laecnunga manuscript, the Old English Herbarium, and Bald’s Third Leechbook, presented with facing-page translations. There are comprehensive sections on Anglo Saxon materia medica, and information concerning amulets and charms, causes of disease, dreams, omens and tree-lore. Recipes include wyrtdrencas (wort-drinks: herbal infusions), sealf (salves, ointments) and a treatment for “flying venom.” A fascinating reference and an entertaining browse. ( )
1 vote Rowntree | Aug 17, 2009 |
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