Philippe de Thaon, Comput


The earliest named French author, Philippe de Thaon, was active in the first half of the 12th century. In this volume are two scientific works by him: the Comput (Computation), a verse summary of how to calculate the medieval calendar, and the Bestiaire (Bestiary), a medieval book of beasts with Christian allegories, based on the Latin Physiologus. The latter was dedicated to Adeliza of Louvain (b. c. 1103, d. 1151), second wife of King Henry I of England. This copy is from Holme Cultram Abbey, a Cistercian house in Cumbria, and it is copied in Anglo-Norman, the French dialect of England. In the Bestiary, the scribe has left spaces for illustrations, some with labels, but they remain blank apart from a few very faint sketches.

This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.

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Philippe de Thaon, Comput
2nd half of the 12th century, Abbeytown
Latin / Anglo-Norman
Philippe de Thaon
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Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

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British Library
Cotton MS Nero A V

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