RE: [SCA-Herbalist] Need some good research directions...
Come now! Whatever your personal notions about pro-life or abortion, knowing how to control contraception was a very vital part of herbalism, especially if the Church was so dead set on a pro-natalist policy of population growth. A woman who had had numerous children might need these services to save her life (or to keep her whole family from starving from limited resources), to say nothing of a married woman or unmarried girl who might have needed similar services for social reasons The Church, at some point, issued guidelines to confessors, which clearly state that the product of rape is just dandy. In fact, rape was not as serious a crime since it worked toward procreation, in its own twisted way. The fact that women were able to control their breeding at all is a marvelous story. And, if you know your Shakespeare, a nasty thing one man could say to another that he was sieved through a silk handkerchief. So reproductive herbology is as vital as digestive herbology.
From some demographic work done in the 80s, a common way in Eastern Europe to induce was with a goose feather, to break the amniotic sac. It so often resulted in fatal sepsis, that the problem of an unwanted child was moot. Herbs may be less effective, but safer.
About humours, I suspect a lot of local herb wives didn’t know diddly about humours, but knew what helped a child with colic or an old man with gas.
No, that's the absolute LAST thing I'd need/want to know about...
- "Karen Tricomo" <piccolopwr@...> wrote:
>Knowing the specific route your character takes is important for all
>"Mid-12th Century, England (most typically).. .but it's more the general
>"European" vs "Eastern" setting..."
sorts of reasons, not the least which plants she is likely to
encounter. Within towns and villages, the plants raised in gardens
would be similar in a set of climatically-determined bands running
roughly east-to-west such as Toledo/Sicily/Athens/Ephesus/Jerusalem or
San Sebastian/Lyon/Florence/Constantinople or
London/Amsterdam/Rhineland or Edinburgh/Oslo/Uppsala...
The plants in the wild, however, can be distinctly different depending
on location in the continent (including elevation, proximity to the
coast, rainfall and soil type). Nothing blasts historical realism like
an unfamiliarity with the actual land the events happen in/on!
“Izena duan guztia omen da”—Everything that has a name exists