Medieval charm to keep your bees safe 

If you use straw skeps to house your bees, you probably find the swarm process (during which the bees move to a different skep so that you may collect their honey and wasp - see picture) to be a highly stressful one.

Not to worry! An 11th-century manuscript, most probably written in Winchester, provides us with a handy charm to protect bees from getting lost, being attacked, or even being stolen.

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