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Adelard of Bath, Conversations with his Nephew
On the Same and the Different, Questions on Natural Science, and On Birds


Part of Cambridge Medieval Classics

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521397759

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  • Adelard of Bath was one of the most colourful personalities of the Middle Ages. He travelled to the Crusader kingdoms, to Sicily and south Italy, and translated texts on astronomy, astrology and magic from Arabic into Latin. He acquired a lasting reputation as a pioneering mathematician, and he was a gifted teacher. He addressed one of these works, on cosmology and the astrolabe, to the future King Henry II, and it is in the context of the education of the nobility that the three works edited in this book are to be viewed. Adelard meant them to be both entertaining and instructive. They deal with all kinds of topics, from the nature of the soul to the cause of earthquakes, from the effects of music to how to train a hawk. A preface provides the results of research on Adelard's life and work.

    • Offers an introduction to the court schools of Europe before the rise of the universities, and to the education of the nobility
    • Provides insights into medieval philosophy and science
    • An interesting translation and edited text
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521397759
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. De eodem et diverso (On the Same and the Different)
    2. Questiones naturales (Questions on Natural Science)
    3. De avibus tractatus (Treatise on Birds)
    Abbreviations and select bibliography

  • Editor

    Charles Burnett, University of London

    With contributions by

    Italo Ronca

    Pedro Mantas España

    Baudouin van den Abeele

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