Saturday, 6 May 2017

Trinity College MS O.2.48 – Conoriel

Cambridge, Trinity College MS O.2.48 is a late XIV Century herbal which is thought to have been written in Germany. Rene Zandbergen has linked the digital scans on the forum. Herba Conoriel (246r top) looks more similar to Dandelion than the previously discussed Dabelion. The paragraph is also interesting because Latin names for the plant are provided (Oculus Bovis and Lactuca Asinina).

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Transcription: Nomen herbe Conoriel Greci stakis | Ebrayci leueyr. Nascitur montibus calidis | sine stipite crescit. folia similia infoliis | sponse solis. plures uocant eam oculus bovis | vel lactuca asininia. florem facit croceum [?] brevem [?]. | radicem nigrum longam. totam herba lac emitit album. | […] cum aceto […] comesta | ieiuno epar et splen et tota interiora per dies xxx. | omnino sanat. et si totum epar esset putridum. sanaretur | lege eam mense aprilis vel madij

Translation: The name of the plant is Conoriel, Stakis in Greek, | Leueyr in Hebraic. It grows on hot mountains, | without a stem, with leaves similar to the leaves | of Sponsa Christi. Many call it Oculus Bovis | or Lactuca Asinina. It makes a short [?] yellow [?] flower. | The root is black and long. All the plant produces a white milk. | […] Eaten with vinegar, | without food, for thirty days, it entirely heals the liver, the spleen and all entrails. | And if the liver were all rotten, it will be healed. | Pick it in the month of April or May.

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