Leechcraft: Early English Charms, Plant Lore, and Healing

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Stephen Pollington
Anglo-Saxon Books, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 539 pages
2 Reviews
A comprehensive and detailed examination of every aspect of the early English approach to illness and healing, including a full list of the plants used and the properties they contain. Other themes include witchcraft, magic and paganism and appendices present healing theories, amulets, causes of disease, charms, dreams, omens and tree-lore. Three key Old English texts are reproduced in full, accompanied by new translations: Bald's Third Leechbook , the Lacnunga Manuscript, and 'The Old English Herbarium' Manuscript 5. This is a fascinating work of reference, packed full of information and interesting details.

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User Review  - Rowntree - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - MarionII - LibraryThing

Cracking book, bringing together the texts of some fascinating manuscripts in an accessible format.Compulsory reading for cunning folk. Read full review

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