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Honey and Medicine: The Sweeter Side of Medieval Warfare

The medieval period is routinely slammed as a time in which people had little to no medical knowledge, but the people of the Middle Ages had a much better understanding of how to heal themselves than modern popular culture would suggest. In this episode, Danièle speaks with Dr. Ilana Krug about the use of honey in medieval military medicine and the time Henry V got an arrow in the face.

Ilana Krug is Associate Professor of History at York College of Pennsylvania. Click here to view her page.

Her article “The Wounded Soldier: Honey and Late Medieval Military Medicine” appears in in Wounds and Wound Repair in Medieval Culture, eds. Larissa Tracy and Kelly DeVries (Brill, 2015).

You can also read her article on honey and military medicine in Medieval Warfare magazine VII:2

See also Prince Hal’s Head-Wound: Cause and Effect


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