This remarkable manuscript is named after its first owner, Bald, a 10th-century Anglo-Saxon physician. Bald’s Leechbook is a compilation of everything then known about medicine. This chapter provides ‘Potions and leechdoms against poison’. One remedy against snakebite prescribes drinking the herb betony mixed with wine; another recommends smearing earwax on the wound while reciting a prayer. Some of the potions were very effective; one has even been proven to combat the MRSA bacteria. Shown here: ff. 41v–42r


  • Title: Bald's Leechbook
  • Date Created: 10th century
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Location Created: England
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Original Source: Royal MS 12 D XVII
  • Rights: Public Domain in most countries other than the UK. For more information visit: https://www.bl.uk/help/how-to-reuse-images-of-unpublished-manuscripts

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