Elf Charms in the Leechbook

BL MS Royal 12 D XVII, circa 950

copyright: Karen Louise Jolly, Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996), pp. 146-67 passim. Do not reproduce without permission from the publishers.

Italics indicate author's summary as opposed to translation.

Table of Contents

selections (click on highlighted numbers to go to the remedy).


Leechbook Book 1


Leechbook Book II

lxv Leechdom if a horse be [elf]shot [ofscoten], and for dysentery, and if the evacuation be obstructed, and for the lent disease; again for dysentery, and for poisons [unlybbum], and for the yellow disease, and if on a man there be sudden evils; and to keep the body's health; and for itch and elf; and for land disease and for bite of gangway weaver [spider]; and for diarrhea; and head salves.


Leechbook Book III


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