Book ID: CBB519378208

Hybrid healing: Old English remedies and medical texts (2022)


Lori Ann Garner (Author)

Manchester University Press

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 344
Language: English

Through combinations of instructive prose and incantatory verse, liturgical rituals and herbal recipes, Latinate learning and oral tradition, the Old English remedies offer hope not only for bodily ailments but also for such dangers as solitary travel, swarming bees and stolen cattle. Hybrid healing works from the premise that the tremendous diversity of Old English medical texts requires an equally diverse range of interpretative methodologies. Through a case study approach, this exploration of early medicine offers a series of close readings tailored specifically to individual remedies, drawing from a range of fields including plant biology, classical rhetoric, archaeology, folkloristics and disability studies. Embracing the endless complexity of these Old English texts, Hybrid healing argues that the healing power of individual remedies ultimately derives from a dynamic and unpredictable process that is at once both deeply traditional and also ever-changing.

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Authors & Contributors
Boisseuil, Didier
Coste, Joël
Culpeper, Nicholas
Flannery, Michael A.
Girón Irueste, Fernando
Heinrichs, Erik Anton
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Korean Journal of Medical History
Medical History
Social History of Medicine
Berghahn Books
CNRS Éditions
de Gruyter
Editorial Universidad de Granada
Edizioni dell'Orso
Medicine, traditional
Medicine, herbal
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Formulas; recipes
Medicine and literature
Chaucer, Geoffrey
Culpeper, Nicholas
Hildegard Von Bingen, Saint
Hertodt, Johann Ferdinand
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
19th century
Early modern
California (U.S.)

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