Magic or Medicine? Healing Charms in Fifteenth-Century English Recipe Collections

By Laura Mitchell Charms can be found in all manner of medieval manuscripts, scrawled in the margins or added (seemingly at random) on blank pages and in the flyleaves. Usually they were simply stuck in some place convenient by someone who thought they would be useful or interesting to have on hand. However, charms also … Continue reading Magic or Medicine? Healing Charms in Fifteenth-Century English Recipe Collections

‘Crost by mistake’: Scribbling in early modern recipe books

By Elaine Leong As anyone familiar with early modern recipe collections well knows, recipe compilers liked to cross things out.  One compiler, Lady Anne Fanshawe, particularly springs to mind.  Her notebook is filled with pages of recipes which she has crossed out with a large ‘X’.  Take a look at the following page from her … Continue reading ‘Crost by mistake’: Scribbling in early modern recipe books

Credits

    Founders and Editors: Elaine Leong Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Boltzmannstraße 22 14195 Berlin, Germany Phone: (+49 30) 22667-0 Elaine Leong’s research is centered upon medical and scientific knowledge transfer and production with a focus on issues of gender. Her interdisciplinary projects use theories and methods in the history of the … Continue reading Credits