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The Late Middle English Version of Constantinus Africanus’ Venerabilis Anatomia in London, Wellcome Library, MS 290 (ff. 1r-41v)

Author(s): Jesús Romero-Barranco

Book Description

Constantinus Africanus (c. 1015–1087), likely born in modern Tunis or Sicily, was responsible for the translation of Arabic medical texts into Latin, which constituted a substantial contribution to contemporary knowledge in fields such as anatomy and surgery, among others. Consequently, he was an extremely influential and much-cited author, and his contributions were translated into other vernacular languages, including Middle English, during the Middle Ages, which led to the proliferation of different translations of the same treatise.

This book is a semi-diplomatic edition of the late Middle English version of Constantinus Africanus’ Venerabilis Anatomia, which is housed in the Wellcome Library in London (MS Wellcome 290 (ff. 1r-41v)). This version is accompanied by an introduction, a physical description of the volume, a linguistic analysis of the text, and a glossary. As such, this book represents a primary source for research not only in historical linguistics, but also in other related fields, including the history of medicine.

Hardback

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8040-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-8040-X
Date of Publication: 01/10/2015
Pages / Size: 122 / A5
Price: £41.99
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Biography

Jesús Romero-Barranco is a member of the Department of English at the University of Málaga, where he is also a researcher in a project pursuing the electronic edition of unedited late Middle English Fachliteratur. His research interests lie within the fields of palaeography, codicology, ecdotics and historical linguistics, in addition to corpus linguistics. He has published in a number of important international journals, such as Atlantis (Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies), Studia Neophilologica, and Nordic Journal of English Studies.