Experts in medieval manuscripts Professor Daniel Wakelin and Hannah Bower look at some of the weird and wonderful remedies outlined in manuscripts held by the Bodleian Libraries.
Ordinary people, apothecaries and physicians in late Medieval England gathered up practical medical tips for everyday use. While some were sensible herbal cures, many were weird and wonderful. Revolting Remedies from the Middle Ages selects some of the most revolting or remarkable remedies from medieval manuscripts in the Bodleian Library.
Professor Daniel Wakelin is the Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography. His research focuses on the material remains of English literature between the 14th and early 16th centuries and what they reveal about writing and reading habits.
Hannah Bower is in the final year of a PhD at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her thesis is The Problem with Practicality: Rethinking Late Medieval Remedy Collections.
This event is part of St Hilda’s Day at the Oxford Literary Festival.