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Hildegard’s Headaches September 23, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Hildegard's Headaches

***Dedicated to Moonman who got Beach thinking about this*** Hildegard of Bingen, monastic reformer, abbess and all round good egg, regularly had visions. These visions were at the very centre of her intellectual and spiritual existence. They gave her the courage to share her unique theology of the world with others: she believed that they […]

The Last Unicorn in Medicine February 16, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
The Last Unicorn in Medicine

One of the most important things about mythical animals is that they are ‘rare’. Being rare means that anything to do with them is valuable and in previous ages that meant that their body parts were (a) good for showing off and (b) dragged into the world of medicine. Unicorns were particularly appreciated in medicinal […]