Are dwarfs getting you down? Here are five early medieval remedies that may help!
Cooked crow’s brains and other early medieval remedies for headaches from the Leiden Leechbook
The ninth-century manuscript fragment known as the Leiden Leechbook is a unique witness to medical practice in the early Middle Ages and the multilingual nature of the documents from this period.
Early Medieval Magical Medicine: An Anglo-Saxon Trivia Quiz
An Anglo-Saxon trivia quiz that will test (and/or increase) your knowledge about magical medicine in early medieval England!
Creepy Crawlies in Early Medieval England: Anglo-Saxon Medicine and Minibeasts
What roles do worms, spiders and earwigs play in early medieval medicine? And why should you throw a dungbeetle over your shoulder?
Half-assed humanoids: Centaurs in early medieval England
With the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse, centaurs are one of the most recognisable creatures of Greek mythology. However, these horse-human-hybrids also make their appearance in the cultural record of early medieval England.
Anglo-Saxon aphrodisiacs: How to arouse someone from the early Middle Ages?
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!
Passion, Piles and a Pebble: What Ailed Alfred the Great?
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?