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Re: VMs: Viola tricolor

Hi Dennis,

At 00:01 25/05/2004 -0500, Dennis wrote:
        However, Rene said a long time ago that the VMs plants
do not resemble known distorted images in medieval
herbals either.  Also, the VMs belongs to the
Renaissance, when the herbal was in the process of

To be precise, the "generally accepted" placing and dating evidence (Europe, 1450-1500) is "early modern" - neither medieval nor Renaissance (strictly speaking), but somewhere inbetween.

        I do not recall the derivation of the "alchemical
herbals".  Toresella gave a manuscript tradition tree,
but I do not recall more.  The images were fanciful,
but not entirely fanciful.  T. did say the VMs is not
the same anyway.

Sergio's conclusion was that, while it was broadly similar to all the alchemical herbals he had studied, the VMs was not itself an alchemical herbal. Also, that it was unlike any known family of the (100s? 1000s?) of "conventional" herbals he had examined. True, a few details matched details in other codices (like the "little dragon", which he suggested resembled one in a codex in Paris), but that was just about it.

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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