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Has anyone mentioned Pliny's Natural History? I think he has a section 
on stones.
Bob Kraft

On 2/5/2018 11:42 AM, Max Schmitz wrote:
> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
> Dear Meg,
>
> Thank you for the inquiry.
> See for example Claude Lecouteux, A Lapidary of Sacred Stones: Their 
> Magical and Medicinal Powers*.*
>
> Stones are also described by encyclopedists like Thomas of Cantimpré, 
> Vincent of Beauvais and Bartholomew the Englishman. There is good 
> article on the sources of Thomas of Cantimpré in Médiévales 72 (2017), 
> pp. 155-174 (Un aspect de l'encyclopédisme de Thomas de Cantimpré. La 
> section De lapidibus pretiosis du Liber de natura rerum).
>
> Allectorius is a stone that is extracted from the neck of a cock 
> (called Hahnstein in German). Adamantes is often a diamond. Celidonius 
> (!) is the swallow stone.
>
> If you send me the text of the gerathises, I could look into that name.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Max Schmitz
>
>
>
> On 5 February 2018 at 16:56, Cormack, Margaret Jean <[log in to unmask] 
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
>     medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and
>     culture
>
>     Greetings all,
>
>     I wonder if anyone can direct me to good medieval primary or
>     secondary sources on Lapidaries? A student is interested in doing
>     a project on them, and her resources are limited, so any
>     references to good studies of medieval (or classical, or early
>     modern) stone-lore (science or pseudo-science) would be welcome.
>     She is aware of Marbod of Rennes Liber Lapidum/Liber De Gemmis -
>     has it been translated (to English or French)? and she will of
>     course see what Isidore has to say. There appears to be little on
>     the topic in Icelandic mss, but there is one published one with
>     two pages on stones. Some of them are easy enough to guess, others
>     less so. My guesses are below - 'Gerathises'  defeats me
>     completely! If anyone knows what these stones are, or of
>     alternative spellings under which they might appear, we would very
>     much appreciate it?
>
>     Meg
>
>     Ematistus   Amethyst
>
>     Crisopatius Chrysophase
>
>     GERATHISES
>
>     Magnetis Magnet
>
>     Adamantes Adamant
>
>     Allectorius ? Electrum ?
>
>     Celdonius ? Chalcedony ?
>
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