Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
3Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Magiferous Plants in Medieval English Herbalism

Magiferous Plants in Medieval English Herbalism

Ratings: (0)|Views: 59|Likes:
Published by oldenglishblog
"Magiferous Plants in Medieval English Herbalism" by Martha S. Weil for Master’s Thesis, University of Kansas, 197?
"Magiferous Plants in Medieval English Herbalism" by Martha S. Weil for Master’s Thesis, University of Kansas, 197?

More info:

Published by: oldenglishblog on Aug 04, 2012
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

04/16/2013

pdf

text

original

 
MAGIFEROUS PLANTS IN MEDIEVAL
ENGLISH HERBALISM
by
Martha S
. Weil
A
.B
., University of California, Berkeley, 1971
A
.M
.L
.S
., University of Michigan, 1972
Submitted to the Department of
History and the Faculty of the
Graduate School of the University
of Kansas in partial fulfillment
of the requirements for the degree
of Master of Arts.
Professor in ChargeDate thesis accepted
 
ABSTRACT
MAGIFEROUS PLANTS IN MEDIEVAL ENGLISH HERBALISM
Martha Weil
This study examines thirteen English vernacular
medical texts, dating from approximately the tenth to
the fifteenth centuries, for evidence of magiferous
healing plants. Magiferous, or "magicbearing,"
plants are those which have both mundane and magical
uses
.
Magical medical action is often difficult to
distinguish from mundane healing with certainty in
these texts, owing to the ambiguity of many of therecorded elements and perhaps also to a lack of
contextual continuity from their time ours.
Certain characteristics are found to be particularly
indicative of magical action, however
. Most notable
among these are numbers, especially three and nine,
colors, times of day or year, and a variety of ritual
practices associated with the gathering and
preparation of the herbal materials
. Magical means of
healing are also found be particularly associated
with such diseases as
: certain types of fevers;
battle wounds
; epilepsy and insanity
; poisons and
 
contagious diseases
. Magical means are used
apotropaically against the actions of supposed
ccult
or supernatural agents, as well for curative
purposes.
This study finds that magiferous plants arewidely distributed across the timespan covered by the
texts examined
. Perhaps as many as one third of the
species used medicinally are magiferous
. The studyincludes a detailed analysis of thirteen such plants
and a list of all species identified as magiferous
.

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->