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During the Crusades, chivalric knightly orders, such as
the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitaller, brought along monastic
mediciners to treat the sick and wounded. These mediciners not only employed
the leading cures of medieval Europe but also learned new methods from the
local folk-healers and Arabic healing traditions they encountered on their
Presenting a traditional ā€œcure-allā€ or leechbook of the
Crusader physicians, our guest shares a comprehensive encyclopedia of the
ailments the Crusaders would have encountered and the remedies their
mediciners would have employed. He details recipes for many cures and a
range of magico-medical applications such as charms, spells, enchantments,
and amulets used to address the new illnesses of strange and foreign lands.
He includes a detailed and comprehensive herbal, listing all the plants and
materials needed to make and administer the remedies of the cure-all. He
also details his travels in the steps of the Crusader physicians throughout
Poland, the Czech Republic, Malta, Morocco, and the island of Rhodes where
he met with healers still following this healing path who shared their
practices with him.
Revealing how the healers of the Crusades helped elevate
Western medical knowledge through the integration of wisdom from their
Middle Eastern counterparts, Hughes shows how their legacy continues through
the many effective remedies and healing modalities still in use today.
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Author Jon G. Hughes is part of a lineage of Druids that
has been practicing for five generations in a remote area of Wales. He
teaches the tradition in Ireland and gives workshops and seminars throughout
Europe. He is the director of the Irish Centre for Druidic Practices. and
the author of A Druidā€™s Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants and The
Druidic Art of Divination. He lives in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.