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Science médiévale d'Espagne et d'Alentour

1st Edition

By Guy Beaujouan


320 pages

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pub: 1992-09-24
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The articles in this volume provide a profound contribution to our knowledge of the scientific and intellectual context of the great voyages of discovery in the 15th century, and illustrate the particularities of the development of science and medicine in medieval Spain - for example at the medical school of Guadalupe. These particularities Guy Beaujouan would attribute in large measure to certain specific features of Spanish history: the important Muslim and Jewish presence, the relative weakness of the universities, and the early strength of the vernacular language. The volume opens with two surveys of science in the peninsula, and closes with a detailed analysis of the remarkable works of one 'Philippe Eléphant' (perhaps actually a Scot, the author suggests). In between come a series of studies on the manuscript sources, fundamental research which has done much to open the field to others. Particular attention is given to the library established by Ferdinand Columbus, the son of Christopher, and to the relations between scientific learning and the arts of astronomy and navigation, notably as practised in Portugal. Les articles contenus dans ce volume sont d’un apport incontestable à nos connaissances du contexte scientifique et intellectuel des Grandes Découvertes au 15 siècle. Ils illustrent aussi les particularités du développement de la science et de la médecine médiévales espagnoles, par exemple, l’école médicale de Guadalupe. Guy Beaujouan tend à attribuer ces particularités à certaines caractéristiques spécifiques de l’histoire espagnole: l’importante présence juive et musulmane, la débilité relative des universités et une maturité précoce des langues vernaculaires. Le volume s’ouvre sur deux évaluations de la science dans la péninsule et se termine sur l’analyse détaillée des travaux exceptionnels d’un certain Philippe Eléphant (selon l’auteur il s’agirait peut-être d’un Ecossais d’origine).


'The sound learning in so many branches of medieval and Renaissance science and the wealth of data provided will ensure that this volume will be appreciated by historians of science and will never be outdated.' Annals of Science

Table of Contents

Contents: La science en Espagne aux XIVe et XVe siècles; La medicina y la cirugía en Guadalupe; Manuscrits scientifiques médiévaux de la Bibliothèque Colombine de Séville; Manuscrits scientifiques médiévaux de la cathédrale de Ségovie; Manuscrits médicaux du moyen âge conservés en Espagne; Fernand Colomb et l’Europe intellectuelle de son temps; Fernand Colomb et le marché du livre scientifique à Lyon en 1535-1536; Fernand Colomb et le traité d’astrologie d’Henri le Navigateur; Science livresque et art nautique au XVe siècle; L’astronomie dans la péninsule ibérique à la fin du moyen âge; Philippe Eléphant (mathématique, alchimie, éthique); Indexes.

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