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Medieval Medical Recipes : Natural Philosophy

Medieval Medical Recipes

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 456 is a composite manuscript, with all of its parts probably deriving from manuscripts written in England in the late 14th century. Cambridge, Corpus Christi College is a miscellany, with a focus on the natural sciences, mathematics, and reading and research. Some of the most widely-known medieval texts in the manuscript include Iohannes de Sacro Bosco's <i>Treatise on the Sphere</i>, a popular text on computus known as the <i>Compotus manualis</i>, Alexander de Villa Dei's <i>Algorismus</i>, a previously unidentified copy of Simon Bredon's <i>Theorica planetarum</i>, an anoymous treatise on the planets, Richard de Bury's <i>Philobiblon</i>, and pseudo-Aristotle, <i>Secreta secretorum</i>. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The manuscript also contains a short poem on music theory on p. <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(209);return false;'>203</a> and a medical recipe for stomach problems on the same leaf. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'> It is not clear when all of the originally separate parts of this manuscript were brought together, but they must all have been together by the late 16th century as the contents list on p. <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(8);return false;'>2</a> written by Archbishop Parker or one of his circle refers to texts in each of the originally separate parts of the volume. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dr Sarah Gilbert<br /> Project Cataloguer for the Curious Cures Project<br /> Cambridge University Library</p>


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