Labours of the Month: December

Last month we looked at pannage, feeding pigs on the autumnal fodder in wooded pastures, particularly on acorns. December, however, is less auspicious for our porcine friends. Vegetarians and vegans should look away now because after November's pannage, December's Labour of the Month is the slaughter of pigs. It may seem odd to us that this was …

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Labours of the Month: November

Imagine you are standing at the edge of a forest on a cold November day. The periodic thump of a woodsman's axe echoes in the still air and from the shade beneath the trees there comes the sound of many animals rooting around in the fallen leaves. You hear their grunts and the occasional thwack of the swineherd's stick …

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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 Wren Digital Library and Creative Commons

We are excited to announce an new development for the Wren Digital Library. We have made the decision to license our images under a Creative Commons BY-NC license, meaning that anyone is welcome to share images from the James Catalogue for non-commercial purposes as long as you credit the source of the images.* This is …

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