Sunday, October 25, 2020

De medicina Equorum - Jordanus Ruffus & medieval hippiatric tradition

 Salvete Omnes,

Theodoric of Cervia referencing Vegetius Renatus:
'Just as  animals follow after humans, thus veterinary arts follow medicine'*

Sunday and we are jumping back to the fine medieval times - I always like to share research and ideas freely available, so there are two for today:
there is this  freely available dissertation by Sunny Harrison, PhD, from University of Leeds titled - Jordanus Ruffus and the medieval hippiatric tradition: Animal-care practitioners and the horse (2018).

Noble Jordanus Ruffus of Calabria (died 1256AD) was a 'miles in marestalla' or a knight- farrier( marescalsus) at the court of the Stupor Mundi, as the Holy Roman Emperor Frederic II of Sicily liked to be called.  He was the first known writer of the hippiatric treatises (quote bishop Theodoric with his Practica Equorum  was right there too) in the Western tradition. The material contained in this dissertation is both interesting and a bit arcane, but for all the history of horse aficionado this will be of much interest, I believe.
G.B. Tomassini, on his blog, has this very interesting article about Jordanus Ruffus and his book.

Incidentally, Vatican Library holds an early XV century translation into Italian of the Ruffus' XIII century manuscript, illuminated with many outstanding illuminations.


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