MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS



I. HERBALISM [M]=medical information

-De Virtutibus Herbarum, Platearius
-De Plantis, Aristotle, trans. Alfred of Sareshel
-De Viribus Herbarum, Macer Aemilius, c. 900
-Herbarium Apuleius, c. 400 [M]
-Historia De Plantis, Theophrastos, c. 300 BC
-Liber de Proprietatibus Rerum, Bartholomaeus Anglicus, c. 1200 [M]
-Natural History, Pliny the Elder [M]


II. MEDICINE

-Cause et Curae, Hildegard of Bingen, c. 1150
-Canon, Avicenna, c. 1000
-De Materia Medica, Doiscorides Pedanios, c. 100
-De Practica Chirurgaea, Med. School of Salerno
-Regimen Sanitatis Salerni, Med School of Salerno
-Experiments of Cophon, Med School of Salerno, 1080
-Leechbook of the Bald, 925
-Theatrum Sanitatis, Abul Asan al-Muchtar ibn-Boltan
-Anatomy, Galen
-Kitab Qiwa al-'Aqaqir (The Book of the Powers of Remedies), Masarjawah, 683


III. ASTRONOMY/ASTROLOGY

-Almagest, Ptolemy (Astronomy) c. 200
-Tabulae, Al-Khwarizmi, trans. Adelard of Bath (Astronomy)
-Greater Introduction, Abu Ma'shar 787, trans. 1133 (Astrology)
-Tetrabiblios, Ptolemy trans. 1138 (Astrology)


IV. GEOGRAPHY

-Nuzhat al-Mushtag fi Ikhtiraq al-Afaq (The Delight of One who Wishes to Traverse the Regions
of the World) or Roger's Book, Al-Idrisi
-Navigato Brendani (Atlantic)
-Itinerarium Regis Ricardi, deVinsaulf (Holy Land)
-De Locis Sanctis, Abbott Andamnan of Iona, c. 690 (to King of Northumbria, abridged by Bede)


V. ALCHEMY

-In Pursuit of Gold, Artephius, 12th C.
-Turba Philosophorum, 12th C. (trans. from Arabic to Latin)
-The Discovery of Secrets, Geber (Abu Musa Djabir ibn Hayan El Azdir El Kufi)
-De Compositione Alchemiae, Robert of Chester
-The Book of Stones, Bishop Marbode of Rennes (Properties of Gems), late 11th C.
-De Anima, Avicenna
-Kitab al-Asrar (The Book of Secrets), al-Razi, late 9th c.
-Geber Summa Perfectionis magisterii, Liber Fornacum, De Investigatione perfectionis, De
inventione veritatis.


VI. ENGLISH HISTORY [A]=Arthur mentioned

-Gildas, De Excidio Britanniae (On the Ruin of Britian), 6th C. [A]
-Nennius, Historio Brittonum, c. 800 [A]
-William of Malmesbury, Gesta Regum Anglorum, 12th C. [A]
-Wm. of Malmesbury, De Antiquitate Glastoniensis Ecclesiae, 1130
-Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britian, 1138 [A]
-G. of Monmouth, Prophetiae Merlini, 1130 [A]
-Henry of Huntingdon, Historia Anglorum, 1135, incl. Nennius [A]
-G. of Monmouth, Vita Merlini, 1150 [A]
-Walter Map: Quete de Saint Graal; Joseph d'Arimathie; Merlin; c. 1170


VII. RELIGIOUS

-Book of Kells (begun 8th Century by monks of Iona). An illuminated manuscript whose
scrollwork contains runic symbols.
-Ordericus Vitalis (Eccliastical History)
-Blickling Homilies (Theology, sermons) c. 970
-A History of the English Church and People, Bede
-Lives of the Saints, Bede
-Lives of the Abbots, Bede
-Life of St. Godric, Reginald of Durham, (12th c.)
-Life of St. Cadoc, Lifris 1100 [A]
-Life of Gildas, Cardoc of Llancarfan, 1140 [A]
-Speculum Ecclesiae, Gerald of Wales (Giraldus Cambrensis), 1216
-Epistle, Gildas, c. 550


VIII. CHRONICLES

-Anglo-Saxon Chronicles (covering approx. 200-577), c. 871-99
-Annales Cambriae, c. 955
-Irish Annales
-The Chronicle of Mont Saint Michel, c. 1100 [A]


IX. ARTHURIAN VERSE

-Chretien de Troyes, 1160-80 in French (Camelot & many knights)
Cliges [verse],
Erec and Enide,
Yvain or the Knight With the Lion,
Lancelot or the Knight with the Cart,
Perceval or the Story of the Grail
-Goddodin, c. 850
-Canu Llywarch Hen, c. 850
-Canu Heledd, c. 850
-Culhwch and Olwen, c. 990
-Roman de Brut, Wace, 1155, from Monmouth (Round table)
-Dream of Rhonabwy, 1160 [A]
-Verses, Robert de Boron, c. 1195 (Grail as chalice, sword in stone)
-Brut, Layamon, c. 1200 [A], from Wace English
-Erec; Iwein, Hartmann von Aue, 1200 German
-Parzifal, Wolfram von Eschenbach, 1205 German (Grail as stone)


IX. MISCELLANEOUS

-Commentaries of Aristotle, Averroes, mid 11th C.
-De Bestis (Illum. Irish Monks)
-Treatise on Cypher, Al-Khwarizmi c. 780, trans. Carthage 1200 (Mathematics)
-De Aspectibus, Alhazen c. 1000
-De Oculis, Isa ibn-Ali
-Geoffrey Gaimer, Gesta Herwardi
-Liber de Principis Instructione, Gerald of Wales, 1193