- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Pen and Sword; 1 edition (April 19, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1526711702
- ISBN-13: 978-1526711700
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Old English Medical Remedies: Mandrake, Wormwood and Raven's Eye 1st Edition
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About the Author
Sinéad Spearing is a psychological historian specialising in the research of obscure beliefs. She worked as a professional musician before returning to university to study psychology and philosophy. Following a number of articles published in Journals including those of The British Psychological Society and Mensa, Sinéad began researching the bizarre world of Old English medicine, psychiatry and associated supernatural traditions.
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The subject matter covers remedies and topics found in the Lacnunga and Bald’s Leechbook III. That said, there is plenty of folkloric material in here, with medical remedies being populated with Elves, Night Walkers, Hags, etc. What really ,makes this book shine, (much like Sinead’s former book) is the fact that she approaches the material from a psychological perspective. Specifically, she happens to discuss theories of Jung, and the notion of how they relate to the material presented within the Lacnunga and Bald’s Leechbook III. I found it particularly interesting when she pointed to a passage found in the primary material where a visualization process is mentioned. Her analysis has far reaching implications regarding the worldview of our ancestors.
I really appreciate that Sinead spent time independantly deciphering passages. She translates specific words much differently from those who came before her. She used the context of what was being written to assist in determining troubling and formerly insufficiently translated words. Suddenly the said passage in question made much more sense. I won’t give away any spoilers here.
When applicable careful analogies are given, borrowing depictions from Norse tradition. An example of this is when Sinead looks to Erik the Red’s Saga to flesh out her theory regarding the figures who created the charms and medicine found in the Leechbook and Lacnunga.
Sinead writes in an educated but extremely accessible style. This means that this is a relatively quick read (I finished it within a few hours). However, I have gone back several times now, making notes and revisiting certain sections.
The bibliography is extensive and gives many options for further reading. So if you find the subject matter of interest, I strongly advise you to purchase this book.
Since many of the remedies involve visualization, focused intention, transference, curses, sympathetic magic, and ritual, the author looked at other ancient traditions and modern things that we do which are similar and how it may help the sick. It's more a philosophical look at the rituals than a scientific one. However, he did consider the medical action of the various herbs and how it may have helped the person, as well as the psychological benefit of the rituals. He also looked at how the church tried to repress these remedies and the memory of the healing women who used them as the Christian Church came into power.
I received an ebook review copy from the publisher through Netgalley
Full Disclosure: I was allowed to read a copy of this book for free as a member of NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and I was not influenced to give a positive review.