leech craft

1) The skill of healing.

1525 by reason of which unlawfull wounding your orator did lye att leche craft for the helyng therof, Ouseburn. Note: 1416-7 ‘And for one knife called a lechyngknyf purchased from [Robert Smith] 3d’, Selby. The editor said this was a knife for slicing meat but it was more probably one to be used by a leech.

places Selby Ouseburn
dates 1416-1417 1525

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