This text centres on a range of of Anglo-Saxon primary sources which had never been brought together in one collection. Thomas Oswald Cockayne (1807-73) was a philologist, a member of the innovative Philological and Early English Text Societies, and a keen student of the Anglo-Saxon language, a subject on which he published numerous works including "Leechdoms". Originally published in 1864-6 by Longman as part of the "Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland during the Middle Ages" series, this item is a valuable sourcebook for historians of the medieval period, medicine, science and language. Volume 1 of "Leechdoms" contains the "Herbarium of Apuleius" which lists the various ills and the corresponding plant remedies (i.e. the worts) for each illness, e.g. bishopwart, "in case a man have a mind not to be drunken", and for "monstrous nocturnal visitors and frightful sights and dreams" and "bite of mad dog". It also includes the English version of "Medicina de quadrupedibus of Sextus Placidus", which describes the use of various kinds of animals and their bodies in medicine, "a hares lung bound on bees" and "for a bewitched land".
Volume 2 contains three leech books (medical texts), which list Greek and Latin authorities on medicine with prescriptions and recipes for ailments. Volume 3 resumes the immense collection of material on Western barbarian medicine (for example, remedies for headaches, insect stings and angina) and the Anglo-Saxon langauge, in addition to sections on Saxon mythology (such as the gods of Woden, Friya, Thor, Tiw and Valhalla) and interpretations of dreams and a horologium.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Weight: 2309 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 133 mm
Edition: Facsimile of 1864-6 ed