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2017 London Autumn Drinks – ‘Revolting Remedies from the Middle Ages’ with Professor Daniel Wakelin

18:30 to 21:00
University Women's Club Library

We invite our Senior Members to join us for drinks reception and lecture in the gorgeous surroundings of the University Women’s Club.

‘For a zitty face: Take urine eight days old and heat it over the fire; wash your face with it morning and night.' In late medieval England, ordinary people, apothecaries and physicians gathered up practical medical tips for everyday use. While some were sensible herbal cures, many were weird and wonderful. Professor Daniel Wakelin’s book Revolting Remedies from the Middle Ages selects some of the most revolting or remarkable remedies from medieval manuscripts in the Bodleian Library in Oxford. There are embarrassing ailments and painful procedures, icky ingredients and bizarre beliefs.

Professor Daniel Wakelin is the Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography. He will be ably assisted in this presentation by our DPhil student Hannah Bower (English MSt, 2014).

Book tickets here before Monday 30 October.