Leechcraft – the Early English Healing Tradition
with Steve Pollington & Robin Baker
in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
|10.00||Coffee on arrival|
|10.15||Leechcraft – the Old English Healing Tradition (SP) - An introduction to the Anglo-Saxon tradition of healing, and an overview of some of the problems.|
|11.45||The Medical Manuscript Tradition (SP) - An overview of the written sources of our knowledge.|
|12.45||Lunch break (bring picnic or eat in NT restaurant)|
|14:00||Anglo-Saxon Materia Medica (RB) - A discussion of some of the mineral and vegetable materials mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.|
|15:15||What Ails Thee? (SP) - A survey of the Anglo-Saxon understanding of disease and the role of the healer in societ|
Stephen has been writing books on Anglo-Saxon England for two decades. His many published titles include works on the Old English language, military culture, healing and herblore, runes and feasting, as well as a double CD of readings in Old English. He has lectured widely on Anglo-Saxon culture and has worked on many television and radio programmes. For more on his work, see his website at www.stevepollington.com/index.html .
Robin Baker is an East India Merchant specialising in botanical drugs, spices, and animal derivatives. He is Past President of the International General Produce Association, a member of the British Standards Institution, a contributor to Trease & Evans's Pharmacognosy (London 2009), and an Anglo-Saxon numismatist.
Grattan, J., & C.Singer, Anglo-Saxon Magic and Medicine (London 1952)
LeStrange, R., A History of Herbal Plants (London 1977)
Meaney, A.L., Anglo-Saxon Amulets and Curing Stones, British Archaeological Reports, British Series 96 (Oxford 1981)
Meaney, A.L., “Women, Witchcraft and Magic in Anglo-Saxon England”, in D.G.Scragg (ed.), Superstition and Popular Medicine in Anglo-Saxon England (Manchester 1989)
Pollington, S., Leechcraft – Early English Charms, Plant Lore, and Healing (Anglo-Saxon Books 2000)
Sinclair Rohde, E., The Old English Herbals (London 1922)
Storms, G., Anglo-Saxon Magic (The Hague 1948)
Voigts, L.E., “Anglo-Saxon Plant Remedies and the Anglo-Saxons”, Isis, 70 (1979)
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