Barthélémy l’Anglais’ Encyclopedia


Barthélémy l’Anglais, or Bartholomeus Anglicus, was a Franciscan monk who lived between 1203-1272 CE. He is known for his encyclopedia Livres des Propriétés Choses, or On the Nature of Things.

This encyclopedia explores the sciences understood during l’Anglais’ life, including theology, philosophy, medicine, chronology, zoology, botany, geography, astronomy, and mineralogy.

Both Jewish and Arab sources were used in compiling the encyclopedia, as were ancient Greek materials, which was unusual for this time period. The encyclopedia was translated into Spanish, French, Dutch, and English.

Image via Serge Lorenzo.
Via University of Minnesota Library.

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Spike Marlowe and her Siamese twin sister were born to academics in Provo, Utah during the region’s speculative fiction renaissance. Since her teenage years, when Spike’s parents and sister entered the Federal Witness Protection Program--which necessitated the surgical separation of Spike from her sister (if you buy her a couple drinks and ask nicely, Spike may show you the scars)--she has held a variety of odd jobs, including a performer in a wild west show, detective, Bigfoot researcher and writer for an Internet content farm. Recently she found her calling as a Bizarro author. When she’s not writing fiction she works as a street busker in San Francisco. At night she fights crime. Her first novel, Placenta of Love, will be released by Eraserhead Press in November 2011.

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