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In our last session we looked at health and medicine in the Anglo-Saxon period. There is already some information about Anglo-Saxon Health and Medicine in a previous entry of this blog.

Anglo-Saxons called their medical texts ‘leechbooks’. One of the most famous of these is Bald’s Leechbook which is now held at the British Library.

Another text on the subject is called the Lacnunga, miscellaneous charms from which are available online. The digitised manuscript can be seen at the British Library website.

The short video clip below is a translated reading of the Nine Herbs Charm:

This short video clip presents a reading in Old English of the Wïð Fǣrstiċe charm:

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