Saturday, September 19, 2020

John of Gaddesden's 'Rosa Medicinae' 1313 on display in Exeter Cathedral


From the library…

The Rose of Medicine

John of Gaddesden was one of the greatest medieval English physicians. He is even mentioned by Geoffrey Chaucer in the Canterbury Tales. His most famous book was the Rosa Medicinae (Rose of Medicine), a wonderfully detailed look at diseases and medicine, written in 1313.
The Library’s copy will be on display at Exeter Cathedral for one day only on 22 September, from 11am to 2pm. 



Truly magnificent!

Mole said...

Thank you Andrew. I'm sorry I will miss a chance of seeing this book. John of Gaddesden, a priest (prebendary of St Paul's) as well as a physician was born about the year 1280 and died in 1361.It's not impossible that he died of the Black Death.