Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden


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The Legacy of Classical Antiquity in Byzantium and the West - Alain Touwaide
Plants and Planets: Linking the Vegetable with the Celestial in Late- Medieval Texts - Linda Ehrsam Voigts
Plants in the Early Medieval Cosmos: Herbs, Divine Potency, and the Scala natura - Peter Dendle
A Cook's Therapeutic Use of Garden Herbs - Terence Scully
The Jujube-Tree in the Eastern Mediterranean: A Case Study in the Methodolo gy of Textual Archaobotany - Alain Touwaide
Gardens on Vellum: Plants and Herbs in Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts - Maria D'Aronco
The Sources for Plant Names in Anglo-Saxon England and the Laud Herbal Glossary - Philip Rusche
Anglo-Saxon Ethnobotany: Women's Reproductive medicine in Leechbook III - Marijane Osborn
Herbs and the Medieval Surgeon - Peter Murray Jones
Rosemary: Not Just for Rememberance - George R. Keiser
Utility and Aesthetics in the Gardens of al-Andalus: Species with Multiple Uses - Expiración García Sánchez
Hortus Redivivus: The Medieval Garden Recreated - Deirdre Larkin

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PETER MURRAY JONES is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, UK.


A welcome contribution to the growing body of scholarship on early medical, scientific and other utilitarian texts. [...] The topic is both timely and important for the field of Medieval Studies which has, in recent decades, witnessed a renewed interest in utilitarian prose as a relatively untapped source of insight into the period.

This fascinating history shows how theories of health and disease evolved in the interplay of Western, Byzantine, and Arabic medicines and the relationship with the natural world.

This collection is [...] extremely welcome, not only in that it fills what might be a rather obvious gap in the literature, but also for bringing to the task some of the biggest names in medieval medicine. I recommend the collection as a whole not only to medievalists (both early and late), but to anyone who may believe that the classical legacy was neglected or unknown until humanists rediscovered it, and to all those interested in plant-based medicine.

[A] fascinating collection. [...] On many different levels it opens up a new world of the association of plants to medicine.

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