[Sca-cooks] A question about meat-

Laura C. Minnick lcm at jeffnet.org
Wed Feb 17 01:01:36 PST 2010

Volker Bach wrote:
>> Von: Laura C. Minnick <lcm at jeffnet.org>
>> Still reading about Anthimus- he's writing roughly 3
>> centuries before Charles, but there's a chance that his
>> doctors were familiar with the text, and a very good chance
>> that Alcuin was. It hadn't occurred to me to look there
>> because I think of Anthimus as late Roman rather than early
>> medieval (or 'Dark Ages').
> It's very likely. The Lorsch MS, an eighth-century medical text, includes, among various collections purportedly from Hippocrates,. Galen and Aristotle (all spurious), an abbreviated version of Anthimus' letter. 
Ooohh... there's a thread to chase...
> That said, even if we do find a reference to humoral theory in any of these texts it is not a given that that's what Charlemagne's doctors referred to.. There was not yet an established form of training and accreditation, and we know that at least in Merovingian times, doctors came from all kinds of backgrounds and used whatever methods worked for them. 
It seems that most of the doctors came from the ranks of the theologians 
at that point, keeping in mind that most higher education was, by 
definition, theology. Even Alcuin had some things to say on medicine. No 
clue how Charles' specific doctors might have had by way of training though.
> What's cookong in Corbie? I worked on Cluniac signa lists a liong time ago, if you think it can help  with your project I can send you the article draft I came up with then. 
> Giano
Right now I'm looking for records or annals from roughly c. 770-775. 
Just before Adalhard became the Abbot. It was a dual house, and it 
appears that when Desiderius of Lombardy was deposed, Charles sent him 
to Corbie for safekeeping- and accompanying him by some accounts, was 
his daughter, who Charles had just divorced. I came across a toss-off 
remark that she had died in childbirth shortly after arriving there, and 
I want to see if I can substantiate it at all. If it's true there are 
all sorts of interesting possibilities...

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