Roger of Salerno’s ‘Surgery’

Trinity College Library's Manuscript O.1.20 is one of the earliest and most important known collections of vernacular medical texts from the middle ages. It includes among its various treatises and receipts an illustrated Anglo-Norman translation of the Chirurgia Practica of Roger of Salerno. Rogerius (before 1140 – c. 1195), also known as Roger of Salerno, brought …

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The Voyages Extraordinaires of Jules Verne

The Voyages Extraordinaires (literally Extraordinary Voyages or Extraordinary Journeys) are a sequence of fifty-four novels by the French writer Jules Verne (1828-1905), originally published between 1863 and 1905. According to Verne's editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel, the goal of the Voyages was "to outline all the geographical, geological, physical, and astronomical knowledge amassed by modern science and …

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St Urith of Chittlehampton

The Glastonbury Commonplace Book (O.9.38), described by M. R. James as "the note-book of a Glastonbury monk", contains a remarkable collection of miscellaneous material. Today, however, we are focusing on the legend of St Urith (or Hieritha) whose feast day is celebrated on 8th July. The manuscript contains the fullest known account of this saint …

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