The most common form of love magic appears to have been love potions. A prohibition of this practice in the penitential of the Pseudo-Ecgbert indicates that it was known in Germanic antiquity, though the extent of its continuous survival can only be conjectured. Substances employed to induce love in the period 1300-1500 include powders of various sorts, pulverized bird-bones, ashes from burned reeds, water with which one’s feet had been washed, herbs and herbal extracts, hair, menstrual blood, and human excrement. In some instances the specific substance is not recorded. A sorcerer in Lorraine confessed in the early fifteenth century that he had abused eighteen women in a single day through use of love philtres, though one might well wonder whether it was a woman or the sorcerer himself who consumed these potent concoctions. In some instance the receptacle for the potion was as important as the ingredients, as when a Florentine sorceress gave a man a mixture of water and wine in a skull to arouse his passions. When a sorceress was brought to justice at Todi, it was found that she had giVen a client an egg and a certain herb, and instructed her to cook them and feed them to her husband so that he would stop mistreating her. When the husband devoured these foods he was ‘infatuated as if in frenzy’ for a space of three days. A sorceress at Reggio employed more exotic remedies. On one occasion she was approached by a woman named Francischina, whose husband had taken another woman as concubine. Francischina wanted some means to make her husband lover her once again. The sorceress told her to take some hairs from her thighs (meaning presumably pubic hairs) and some fingernails from her husband, and place them inside the heart of a black hen. Then she was suppose to place this heart in her own privy parts, and take nine steps with a blessed candle in her hand. After this she was to take the heart, along with the contents and certain pulverized plants, and feed the concoction to her husband, whereupon he would lover her with all his heart. The same sorceress gave a substantially identical prescription to another woman in similar circumstances, telling her that after removing the hen’s heart from her own vituperosa natura she should feed this ‘dainty dish’ (epulum delicatum) to her spouse. Seven years after receiving this advice the client returned to the sorceress and complained that her husband still mistreated her, and that the remedy had done little or nothing to alleviate the condition. The sorceress then gave her another prescription, which was less interesting than the first, though perhaps more effective.
In some cases sorceresses do not seem to have distinguished carefully enough between love potions and drugs intended for bodily harm. Matilda of Artois was accused of killing Louis X with a love potion made with powders toads and snakes. A woman who engaged in fold medicine was executed in Velay in 1390 because she had administered a fatal love potion to a man in the endeavor to restore his relations with his wife. When a sorceress at Putten gave a prospective lover a magical food or drink to win his affections, he lost his senses for a period of time. And a sorceress at Lucerne was punished for administering a love potion that had lethal effect.
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. II
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The Untold History of The White Races cir. 700 – 1700 a.d.
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