Category Archives: Seventh-Century medicine and health beliefs

Flora Britannica

On a recent trip to England, I discovered a marvellous book: Richard Mabey’s Flora Britannica (Chatto & Windus, London, 1996). This is not a dry encyclopaedia of plant descriptions but rather a wonderful social history of human relationships with the plant … Continue reading

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Guardian of the Book

I have just finished reading The Devil’s Monk, Guardian of the Book by J. R. Russell (Skycat Publications).  (http://www.skycatpublications.com/) This is, essentially, a picaresque novel set in the world of Alfred and his heirs. I could run through a great … Continue reading

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Apples and Beor

It is just about spring in tropical south-east Queensland and my apple tree is in blossom.   I am more than a little confused about what sort of apples were available in seventh-century Britain. Ann Hagen, in her book on … Continue reading

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Medicine and Health Beliefs in Seventh-Century Britain

A comment by Michelle Ziegler in answer to a request from me for information on St Cuthbert that I put on Karen Jolly’s site (links to the right) has prompted this brain dump on medicine and health beliefs in the … Continue reading

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