An Anglo-Saxon trivia quiz that will test (and/or increase) your knowledge about magical medicine in early medieval England!
What roles do worms, spiders and earwigs play in early medieval medicine? And why should you throw a dungbeetle over your shoulder?
Now that an Anglo-Saxon eye salve defeated the superbug MRSA, it is time to try out some other Old English recipes: Anglo-Saxon aphrodisiacs!
The second episode of The Last Kingdom (UK airdate: Thursday, 29 October, 9 pm, BBC 2) introduces Prince Alfred, who would later become King Alfred the Great (d. 899). In his first scene, Alfred is portrayed as a man tormented both physically (because of his health) and morally (because of his lustful feelings towards the … Continue reading Passion, Piles and a Pebble: What Ailed Alfred the Great?