The Etymologies by Isidore of Seville (b. c. 560, d. 636) became one of the most widely consulted encyclopaedic works in Europe during the medieval period. The text contained a huge body of knowledge with information on a range of subjects, including mathematics, philosophy, the human body and geography.
This manuscript was produced in northern France in the first half of the 10th century and then came to England in the later 10th century, where missing portions of the text were added. The copy features both continental and Anglo-Saxon styles of decoration with interlacing and animal motifs drawn in ink. The book was later owned by the French scholar and bibliophile Claude Dupuy (b. 1545, d. 1594), before entering the French royal library in 1657.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Article by:
- Elizabeth Morrison
- Christian religion and belief, Science and nature
Legends of animals helped readers in the Middle Ages to make sense of the living world. Elizabeth Morrison delves into the wondrous and delightful stories of the medieval bestiary.
- Article by:
- Hanna Vorholt
- History and learning, Science and nature
The idea of place in the early Middle Ages transcended space and time. Hanna Vorholt discusses the significance of maps in the medieval world.