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adammclean
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 Posted: Fri Oct 24th, 2008 01:17 pm
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I just came across a reference to two articles by Peter Grund.

“The Golden Formulas: Genre Conventions of Alchemical Recipes in the Middle English Period”. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 104 (4): 455–475.

“Albertus Magnus and the Queen of the Elves: A 15th-Century English Verse Dialogue on Alchemy”. Anglia: Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 122 (4): 640-662.

I will be able to see the first in the University Library, but will have to search more widely for the second journal.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 24th, 2008 06:21 pm
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adammclean wrote:
I just came across a reference to two articles by Peter Grund.

“The Golden Formulas: Genre Conventions of Alchemical Recipes in the Middle English Period”. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 104 (4): 455–475.

“Albertus Magnus and the Queen of the Elves: A 15th-Century English Verse Dialogue on Alchemy”. Anglia: Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 122 (4): 640-662.

I will be able to see the first in the University Library, but will have to search more widely for the second journal.






Is this it? Free download :)

http://www.reference-global.com/doi/pdf/10.1515/ANGL.2004.640

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 Posted: Sun Oct 26th, 2008 05:43 pm
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Paul Ferguson wrote:
adammclean wrote:
I just came across a reference to two articles by Peter Grund.

“The Golden Formulas: Genre Conventions of Alchemical Recipes in the Middle English Period”. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 104 (4): 455–475.

“Albertus Magnus and the Queen of the Elves: A 15th-Century English Verse Dialogue on Alchemy”. Anglia: Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 122 (4): 640-662.

I will be able to see the first in the University Library, but will have to search more widely for the second journal.






Is this it? Free download :)

http://www.reference-global.com/doi/pdf/10.1515/ANGL.2004.640


Sorry - not free at all. My Google Chrome browser somehow managed to picked up a free version behind their storefront but I won't post it as an attachment here unless Adam says it's OK for me to do so. ;)

Last edited on Sun Oct 26th, 2008 05:55 pm by Paul Ferguson

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 Posted: Sat Nov 1st, 2008 03:45 pm
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I managed to get access to Peter Grund's article.

“Albertus Magnus and the Queen of the Elves: A 15th-Century English Verse Dialogue on Alchemy”. Anglia: Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 122 (4): 640-662.

In this he provides the background and his transcription of this short Middle English verse.

I found one section of the article particularly interesting. Peter Grund must have puzzled long over some strange words Atyscam, Retelas, and so on. He must have had a sudden inspiration and realised that these were, in fact, in code. The word had to be read backwards and the third and fifth letters had then to be supplied. 

Thus:-

atyscam => marcasyta

retelas => sallpeter

erupus =>  sulphur

There were also some other similar coding schemes

sugasigi => ignis magnus

(here the third, sixth and ninth letters had to be supplied.

It is amazing that he spotted this, and I wonder if  such codes could have been used in other early manuscripts.

Last edited on Sat Nov 1st, 2008 03:47 pm by adammclean

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 Posted: Sat Nov 1st, 2008 09:27 pm
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Grund also read a paper here:

http://www.wuhmo.ox.ac.uk/events/recipes_conf_programme.htm

Recipes in Early Modern Europe: The Production of Medicine, Food and Knowledge, 13-14th February 2004, Osler-McGovern Centre, Green College, Oxford

"'Take Atyscam she sayth fayre and bryzte': English Alchemical Recipes in Verse from the 15th and 16th Centuries"


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