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Medieval Medical Recipes

<p style='text-align: justify;'>This is a composite manuscript with the parts comprised of both parchment and paper quires. In addition, there are medieval parchment and paper binding fragments, and a loose parchment <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(375);return false;'>fragment</a> used as a bookmark in the volume. The volume contains primarily alchemical and medical texts, and the parchment quires are typically older than the paper quires. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>This manuscript, like many others included in the Curious Cures in Cambridge Libraries project, was once owned or used by Roger Marchall (c. 1417-1477), a doctor and physician to Edward IV who wrote his name on p. <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(12);return false;'>8</a>. In common with numerous other manuscripts, Marchall added a table of contents to the beginning of the manuscript (p. <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(12);return false;'>8</a>) as well as rubrics and running headings for some of the treatises in the volume (see e.g., p. <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(13);return false;'>9</a>). Marchall's ownership or use of manuscripts is very well-attested, with forty-four surviving books (including this one) bearing evidence to connect him to them in some way; six others may have been his or accessed by him, and a further twelve are recorded but not traced. Marchall is known to have gathered together and (re-)arranged manuscripts and the extremely composite structure of this volume suggests that this may have been among the manuscripts he owned personally for a time. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>As described by Linda Voigts, the present manuscript is one of eighteen (possibly nineteen) manuscripts at Gonville and Caius College that may be linked to Marchall, and which were probably donated by him to Gonville Hall (as Gonville and Caius then was); King's College and Peterhouse, where the study of medicine was also supported, received gifts of books from him too. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Thirteen manuscripts owned or used by Marchall (plus another that contains an inscription in a hand very similar to Marchall's) are being digitised, catalogued and conserved as part of the <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/medievalmedicalrecipes'><i>Curious Cures in Cambridge Libraries</i></a> project: <div>- <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-GONVILLE-AND-CAIUS-00059-00153/1'>Gonville and Caius College, MS 59/153</a> (Voigts 1995, no. 2) <br />- <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-GONVILLE-AND-CAIUS-00098-00050/1'>Gonville and Caius College, MS 98/50</a> (Voigts 1995, no. 4) <br />- <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-GONVILLE-AND-CAIUS-00105-00057/1'>Gonville and Caius College, MS 105/57</a> (Voigts 1995, no. 5)<br />- Gonville and Caius College, MS 159/209 (Voigts 1995, no. 9)<br />- <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-GONVILLE-AND-CAIUS-00178-00211/1'>Gonville and Caius College, MS 178/211</a> (Voigts 1995, no. 10)<br />- Gonville and Caius College, MS 181/214 (Voigts 1995, no. 11)<br />- <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-GONVILLE-AND-CAIUS-00345-00620/1'>Gonville and Caius College, MS 345/260</a> (Voigts 1995, no. 12)<br />- <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-GONVILLE-AND-CAIUS-00373-00593/1'>Gonville and Caius College, MS 373/593</a> (Voigts 1995, no. 13)<br />- <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-GONVILLE-AND-CAIUS-00379-00599/1'>Gonville and Caius College, MS 379/599</a> (Voigts 1995, no. 14)<br />- <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-GONVILLE-AND-CAIUS-00401-00623/1'>Gonville and Caius College, MS 401/623</a> (Voigts 1995, no. 16)<br />- Peterhouse, MS 95 (Voigts 1995, no. 24)<br />- Peterhouse, MS 222 (Voigts 1995, no. 28)<br />- <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://mss-cat.trin.cam.ac.uk/Manuscript/O.8.31'>Trinity College, MS O.8.31</a> (Voigts 1995, no. 29)<br />- <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-ADD-09213/1'>Cambridge, University Library, MS Add. 9213</a> (possibly linked to Marchall) (Voigts 1995, no. 48)<br /></div><br /><b>References</b><div style='list-style-type: disc;'><div style='display: list-item; margin-left: 20px;'>See L. Voigts, 'A doctor and his books: the manuscripts of Roger Marchall (d. 1477)', in R. Beadle and A. J. Piper (eds.), <i>New science out of old books: studies in manuscripts and early printed books in honour of A.I. Doyle</i> (Aldershot, 1995) pp. 249-314</div></div><br /></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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