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Medicine and Humanism in Late Medieval Italy: The Carrara Herbal in Padua. New York: Routledge, 2016.

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Medicine and Humanism in Late Medieval Italy: The Carrara Herbal in Padua. New York: Routledge, 2016.
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  Sarah R. Kyle  M EDICINE ANDHUMANISM IN LATEMEDIEVAL  I TALY  THE  C  ARRARA   H ERBALIN  P  ADUA  M EDICINE ANDHUMANISM IN LATEMEDIEVAL  I TALY  THE  C  ARRARA   H ERBALIN  P  ADUA  Medicine in the Medieval Mediterranean  Medicine and humanism in late medieval Italy This book is the rst study to consider the extraordinary manuscript now known as the Carrara Herbal   (British Library, Egerton 2020) within the complex network of medical, artistic and intellectual traditions from which it emerged. The manuscript contains an illustrated, vernacular copy of the thirteenth-century pharmacopeia by Ibn Sarābī, an Arabic-speaking Christian physician working in al-Andalus known in the West as Serapion the Younger. By 1290, Serapion’s treatise was available in Latin translation and circulated widely in medical schools across the Italian  peninsula. Commissioned in the late fourteenth century by the prince of Padua, Fran-cesco II ‘il Novello’ da Carrara (r. 1390–1405), the Carrara Herbal   attests to the growing presence of Arabic medicine both inside and outside of the University. Its contents speak to the Carrara family’s historic role as patrons and protectors of the Studium , yet its form – a luxury book in Paduan dialect adorned with fam-ily heraldry and stylistically diverse representations of plants – locates it in court culture. In particular, the manuscript’s form connects Serapion’s treatise to pat-terns of book collection and rhetorics of self-making encouraged by humanists and  practiced by Francesco’s ancestors. Beginning with Petrarch (1304–74) and continuing with Pier Paolo Vergerio (ca. 1369–1444), humanists held privileged positions in the Carrara court, and humanist culture vied with the University’s successes for leading roles in Carrara self-promotion. With the other illustrated books in the prince’s collection, the  Herbal   negotiated these traditional arenas of family patronage and brought them into conuence, promoting Francesco as an ideal ‘physician prince’ capable of ensuring the moral and physical health of Padua. Considered in this way, the Carrara Herbal   is the product of an intersection between the Pan-Mediterranean transmission of medical knowledge and the rise of humanism in the Italian courts, an intersection typically attributed to the later Renaissance. Sarah R. Kyle  is an associate professor of humanities at the University of Central Oklahoma, USA. 15041-0132.indb 129-Jun-16 8:50:45 AM  Medicine and humanism in late medieval Italy The Carrara Herbal   in Padua Sarah R. Kyle University of Central Oklahoma 15041-0132.indb 329-Jun-16 8:50:45 AM  First published 2017  by Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RNand by Routledge 711 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017  Routledge is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business © 2017 Sarah R. KyleThe right of Sarah R. Kyle to be identied as the author of this work has  been asserted in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilised in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without  permission in writing from the publishers. Trademark notice : Product or corporate names may be trademarks or registered trademarks, and are used only for identication and explanation without intent to infringe.  British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library  Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data [CIP data]ISBN: 978-1-4724-4652-7 (hbk) ISBN: 978-1-XXX-XXXXX-X (ebk)Typeset in Times New Roman  by Apex CoVantage, LLC 15041-0132.indb 429-Jun-16 8:50:45 AM  For my mother and father 15041-0132.indb 529-Jun-16 8:50:45 AM
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