A Medieval Book Curse

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Here's one of my favourite medieval book curses.

Book curses were used to deter people from stealing books. This one is from Monastery of San Pedro in Barcelona.

 

 

For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him.

Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted.

Let him languish in pain crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to his agony till he sing in dissolution.

Let bookworms gnaw at his entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not. And when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him forever.

 

Which just proves that medieval monks didn't mess around when it came to their books. *wink*