posted on Jul, 12 2003 @ 10:15 AM
The manuscript reminds me of an ancient herbal. I would like to think that it was used by a physician or apothecary. Medicine back in the Middle Ages
and earlier was full of astrological superstitions, beliefs in witchcraft etc. My opinion is biased, herbs are one of my favorite areas of study.
I have seen facsimiles of ancient herbals and the illustrations of the plants often don't bear any resemblance to real plants, they were artists
interpretations of what they thought the plants should look like. The artists often never saw the actual plant they were drawing, they based their
drawings on writen descriptions provided by the physicians/apothecaries/herbalist or were copies of earlier drawings.
I wish somebody could decipher the writing though. It would be interesting to know what the text really says. I downloaded a copy of the manuscript to
study further. Does anyone know if there is a facsimile copy available for purchase? It would be a cool book to add to my collection.