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Rue And Its Use, In A Collection Of Medical And Herbal Texts

Rue And Its Use, In A Collection Of Medical And Herbal Texts

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1195

Shelfmark: Sloane MS 1975

Item number: f.38r

Length: 31.3

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript lists herbs and other plants, animals, and birds, and their medicinal uses. Each is illustrated, but the representations were apparently copied from other manuscripts, rather than from life (it would usually be very difficult to identify the subjects of the miniatures without the aid of the text). This manuscript is related to several others, which seem to have been made in the north of England, perhaps Durham. The top miniature depicts Rue (Ruta), which could be used for a variety of ailments, including sore eyes, forgetfulness, and lethargy; the lower one depicts a man drawing a sword to defend himself from a red-faced rabid dog, whose bite can be treated with the plant.

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