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Medieval Medical Manuscripts in the Harleian Collection

This project focused on a group of 153 medieval medical manuscripts held in the Harleian Collection, one of the foundation collections of the British Library, and was supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust. These codices are of the greatest importance for the history of medieval medicine in Western Europe as they span from the eighth century to the early 1500s.

Until recently the only available source of access to the manuscripts was the four-volume catalogue of the Harleian collection, published between 1808 and 1812 and partly written in Latin (A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols., London, 1808-1812). The aim of the project was to provide easier access to the medieval medical material in the collection for international scholars and readers and the descriptions of the 153 volumes were made available in the online manuscripts catalogue at the beginning of July 2007. A summary list is available in pdf format.

Harley 3719, ff. 158v-159.

Harley 3719, ff. 158v-159. © The British Library Board