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Medieval Medical Recipes : Medical textbook and fragment of a Psalter

Medieval Medical Recipes

<p style='text-align: justify;'> This manuscript is a composite volume comprised of five Parts, a larger first Part, and four, smaller, mostly single-quire Parts at the end of the volume. The first four Parts all contain medical treatises in Latin; the final Part is a fragment of a psalter. </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 (d. 1477), a doctor and physician to Edward IV who wrote his name on f. <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(6);return false;'>[ii] verso</a>. In common with numerous other manuscripts, Marchall added a table of contents to the beginning of the manuscript (f. <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(6);return false;'>[ii] verso</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 out-of-sequence foliation points to this manuscript being another example of this activity. </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<br /> Cambridge University Library</p>


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