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Illuminated Initial And Border, In A Middle English Translation Of John Platearius

Illuminated Initial And Border, In A Middle English Translation Of John Platearius

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1425

Shelfmark: Additional MS 29301

Item number: f.55r

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript contains several works, including a collection of recipes, charms, and surgical operations by John of Arderne; a series of drawings of medicinal plants; and a Middle English translation of a Latin medical treatise. John of Arderne (1307-1376) was the first English surgeon to achieve national and international fame. He attended English troops at various battles in the Hundred Years War, which gave him the exceptional opportunities to treat injuries and to study corpses anatomically. This treatise is arranged in alphabetical order of the medicinal plants whose use it describes, starting with aloe: 'Aloe is hote and drye in the secunde degre, and yt is made of ye jus of an herbe . . .'

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