|Friday afternoon in the archives. I'm reading a manuscript collection of medical recipes (or 'receipts') from 1638: ‘A Booke of Receits for Diuers uses.' If Michael Moore had taken a look at this, he'd have a very different sense of British attitudes to health. Among other prescriptions, we find: ‘To destroye An Impostume in a daie or A Night’; ‘To draw out A Nayle or Thorne’; ‘An Excellent water for the Itch’; ‘for the payne in the head’; ‘ffor the winde of the splene or flatus hypocondriacus’; and ‘A medisine for a sore legge'. There seem to have been a lot of sore legs in the Renaissance. Perhaps horses were wider. Something for Notes and Queries? Anyway: here is the full text for ‘A playn and approued Medicine for Skald or Burne' ...|
‘Take a new Pipkin, putt in a good handful of stone hors dung, with halfe a pound of unsalted butter, lett it boyl till it be well mingled, then strayn it through a cours cloth, and annoynt the sore place so often as it may not bee dry.’
This can also double as quite a tasty pasta sauce.
To the weekend.