Herbs and Herbalism in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Herbs and Herbalism in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

1st Edition

By Jerry Stannard, Katherine E. Stannard


342 pages

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Hardback: 9780860787747
pub: 1999-09-10
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Jerry Stannard assembled a legendary collection of materials on the history of botany from Homer to Linnaeus, and his mastery of the field was acknowledged as incomparable. However, his work was sadly cut short by his death, and so did not result in the ultimate synthesis he envisioned; this volume, and its companion, Pristina Medicamenta, bring together his important output in articles and studies.


'Ashgate Publishing managed to reproduce the rather difficult originals flawlessly, which hardly ever forces the reader to use a magnifying glass…We have to thank the editors and the publisher for making such groundbreaking and fundamental work by one of the most important scholars in this field easily accessible. Jerry Stannard's literary knowledge is stupendous and was and still is legendary.' Sudhoffs Archiv, Band 84, Heft 2 (2000) '…a fitting tribute to a gentleman and a scholar whose expectations of his readers are high.' Pharmacy in History 'Jerry Stannard's knowledge of the literature is stupendous and even in his lifetime he was legendary.' Translated from Sudhoffs Archiv

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, John M. Riddle; Medieval Herbals: Medieval reception of classical plant names; The herbal as a medical document; Medieval herbals and their development; The theoretical bases of medieval herbalism; Magiferous plants and magic in medieval medical botany; Late Medieval Rezeptliteratur: Botanical data and late medieval ’Rezeptliteratur’; Rezeptliteratur as Fachliteratur; …findet man in den apotecken: notices concerning the availability of medicamenta in medieval Fachliteratur; Renaissance Italy and Germany: Dioscorides and Renaissance materia medica; The botanico-medical background of Baptista Fiera’s Coena de herbarum virtutibus; Hans von Gersdorff and some anonymous Strassburg apothecaries; Camerarius’ contributions to medicine and pharmacy observations on his De theriacis et mithridateis commentariolus; P. A. Mattioli and some Renaissance editions of Dioscorides; P. A. Mattioli: sixteenth-century commentator on Dioscorides; Species Studies: The plant called Moly; Squill in ancient and medieval materia medica with special reference to its employment for dropsy; The multiple uses of dill (Anethum graveolens L.) in medieval medicine; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General