Episode 63: Restorations and Remedies

In this episode, we explore two different types of restorations. We begin with the restoration of the traditional West Saxon monarchy under Edward the Confessor. ¬†Edward’s nickname reflects his piety and his purported ability to cure sick people with his healing touch. We then examine a different type of restoration – the restoration of health. We look at two Anglo-Saxon medical texts which contain a variety of charms, medications and other cures. Along the way, we explore English words which derive from ancient medical remedies.

4 thoughts on “Episode 63: Restorations and Remedies

  1. Regarding the words worthship and worship, the latter is still used as an honorific prefix for mayors and some other public officials. Where Americans would say “Your Honor”, north of the 49th parallel it would be “Your Worship”. That’s my direct experience here in Quebec and in some other parts of the Commonwealth (former British colonies).

  2. Is the “loc”/”latch” mentioned here related to “warlock” (especially given the connection to spells etc.)? I know “witch” and “wicca” were discussed in an earlier episode, but I don’t remember a connection to this word.

    • “Lock” and “latch” do not appear to be related to “warlock.” The “lock” in “warlock” is derived from the Old English word “leogan” meaning ‘to lie.’ The “war” part is derived from the OE word “waer” meaning ‘faith, fidelity, or covenant.” So a “warlock” was literally an ‘covenant liar’ or ‘oath-breaker.’

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