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Astrological Table, In Gilbert the Englishman's 'Compendium Of Medicine', With Other Tracts And Recipes

Astrological Table, In Gilbert the Englishman's 'Compendium Of Medicine', With Other Tracts And Recipes

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1300

Shelfmark: Royal MS 12 G.iv

Item number: f.132

Length: 32.7

Width: 21.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Gilbert the Englishman (Gilbertus Anglicus) was an early 13th-century physician, about whom little is known. He perhaps studied at the famous medical school at Salerno, in southern Italy. Several other texts are added to Gilbert's compendium in this manuscript: a donation inscription tells us that the compilation was made by Brother John of Greenborough, who was for more than 30 years the 'infirmarius' of St. Mary's Abbey, Coventry. Because astrology was an important element in medieval medicine, it is not surprising to find that astrological tables have been added after Gilbert's text: the top table on this page indicates the place of the moon in the signs of the zodiac for every day of the year, below which are incomplete wheel diagrams.

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