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Uses of Betony, In A Collection Of Medical And Herbal Texts

Uses of Betony, In A Collection Of Medical And Herbal Texts

Date: 1195

Shelfmark: Sloane MS 1975

Item number: f.12r

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. Iit 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.

This miniature shows a man with a sword defending himself from a rabid dog, while being bitten on the arm by an adder: Betony (Vetonica) was thought to be a cure for both types of animal bite.

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