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John Of Greenborough's Donation Inscription, In Gilbert the Englishman's 'Compendium Of Medicine', With Other Tracts And Recipes

John Of Greenborough's Donation Inscription, In Gilbert the Englishman's 'Compendium Of Medicine', With Other Tracts And Recipes

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1410

Shelfmark: Royal MS 12 G.iv

Item number: f.187v

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. Half-way down the right-hand column begins an added inscription stating that Brother John of Greenborough bought this book for the sick of the church of Coventry.

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