Mirror of Literature, 6 (1825), 19–30.
The Novelist. No. LXXIV. Tales of the Crusaders
Regular Feature—Introduction; Extract, Abstract, Fiction; Extract,
Poetry; Extract, Miscellaneous
News of Literature and
 The Talisman
Medical Practitioners, Religion, Magic, Medical Treatment
In the narrative,
King Richard I having
Saladin sends his personal
physician, 'Adonebec el Hakim', to effect his cure, which he does, almost
miraculously, using a 'holy elixir' made by dipping a talisman into water. The
'physician' proves to have been Saladin himself. The talisman is reported to
have survived in an ancient Scottish family, 'and though charmed stones have
been dismissed from the modern Pharmacopœia, its virtues are still
applied to for stopping blood, and in cases of canine madness.'
 The Origin of the Story of the Talisman
Medical Treatment, Magic, Religion
The writer explains the history of the 'Lee-penny' or talisman on which the
preceding tale is based, noting religious attempts in Scotland to suppress it
as one of the 'devil's inventions'.
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