I have to thank Elska for turning me on to this new release. I am beyond excited to dive into this one.
The book is by John D Niles and Maria A. D'Aronco and I am just delighted. This volume contains the Old English Herbal, Old English Remedies, Lacnunga, Peri Didaxeon and Miscellaneous Remedies. I have the first and third in other volumes, but look forward to comparing the works. I do not have. Peri Didaxeon at all, and the Miscellaneous Remedies come from a wealth of other sources.
Each item has the original text and the translation. There is an index of Old English and Latin plant names.
Basically, this is going to be SO GOOD and I am very excited about having it!
You can purchase the book here: https://amzn.to/3IfPGQf
Description from Amazon: Unlike elsewhere in Europe, vernacular writings on health and healing had a major place in early medieval England. These texts―unique local remedies and translations of late antique Latin treatises―offer insights into the history of science and medicine, social history, scribal practices, and culture. Some cures resemble ones still used today; others are linguistically extravagant, prescribing ambitious healing practices. Alongside recipes for everyday ailments such as headaches are unparalleled procedures for preventing infant mortality, restoring lost cattle, warding off elf-shot, or remedying the effects of flying venom.
Medical Writings from Early Medieval England presents the first comprehensive edition and translation from Old English of these works in more than 150 years. Volume I includes The Old English Herbal, Remedies from Animals, Lacnunga, the Peri Didaxeon, and a compendium of miscellaneous texts.
Table of contents and sample below:
Today I murdered more garlic mustard. I have also been remulching (after many years) the front yard here. We have no real soil, so very little grows... and most of that is stilt grass. I am covering it all to hopefully have this round die off before going to seed. Then another year I can clear areas of mulch and plant native wildflowers and other things.
I do need to decide which saplings in the front yard will get to have a chance at growing. There are white and red oaks, ash (white, I think), black cherry and one redbud (that one gets a pass to see if it makes it).
BUT, I did find Longstyle Sweetroot (Osmorhiza longistylis). I pulled just one to test it out. This is a native plant, so will not become part of my apothecary (which has a 14th C English focus), but I still am testing everything safe out.
It absolutely smells of anise. I tried the leaves raw and they were tender, tasted lightly of anise and had a bitter note as well. I liked them, but the BigMan did not at all.
The root is SWEET. Delightfully so. It tingles on the tongue the way ginger does. I do not like licorice candy at all but this is somewhat dialed back from that and I enjoy it.
So I made tea from the leaves (WAY too "green" tasting for tea). The roots (sweet and refreshing but I made it a little strong). And some mint from the garden. Mixing the mint tea 3 to 1 with the sweetroot, and diluting just a bit makes a fabulous beverage. After these seed I might harvest a few more roots to add to summer beverages.
This page is dedicated to my project and research related to SCA Forestry Guild activities and my expanding medieval apothecary. Here I will build out a 14th Century English men's kit and have some adventures in the woodlands!
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