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A Latin herbal, Written in the late 15th century in England

MS. Wood empt. 25
Held at the Weston Library

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A Latin herbal, beg. 'Galanga est sicca et calida et est radix valde bona':

  1. To which some vernacular names of plants have been added in a slightly later hand (fol. 17)
  2. Followed by notes for the treatment of fevers and other ailments (fol. 35v)
  3. Preceded by a poem of 12 lines, beg. 'Who so wylle be hys soules leche' (fol. iii), a short plague tractate, beg. 'Whan pestilence regneyth' (fol. 1), some English recipes (fol. 2v), and a Latin description of the months with the foods proper to each (fol. 8)

(the first leaf has been cut out)


  • Creation: Written in the late 15th century in England


75 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Multiple languages
  • English
  • Latin


MS. Wood empt. 25

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 8613

Custodial History

Fol. 111v has 'Thomas Abreg' and 'William Adam' (c. 1500?).

Physical Facet

On parchment


3 4/5 × 2 4/5 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom