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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:
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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]> wrote:
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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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