The Magical and Medical History of Executions

 
 Starts at 7:00 pm
 £4.80

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A Live, Illustrated Zoom Talk with Historian Owen Davies

The use of the human corpse in medicine and magic dates back to antiquity. The lacerated bodies of Roman gladiators were used as a source of curative blood, while chemists in early modern Europe profited from a thriving trade in a distillation of human bones as a medicinal cure-all. In this talk on corpse medicine, historian Owen Davies sheds light on a medical practice that used the bodies of executed criminals as a source of healing revealing how this history of execution, medicine and magic prospers in the age of so-called Enlightenment.

Historian Owen Davies will examine a panoply of macabre medical curiosities from the trade in human skin as talismans to the history of the healing touch of the hanged man’s hand in England and the rise of blood-drinking at beheadings in 19th century Germany and Scandinavia.


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2021-09-23 19:00 2021-09-23 19:00 Europe/London The Magical and Medical History of Executions Historian Owen Davies will examine a panoply of macabre medical curiosities. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/09/23/the-magical-and-medical-history-of-executions-274205 ,,,

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