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Project Update: Critical Companion Now Published

In 2022, the critical companion to Daniel’s Liber Uricrisiarum was published by the University of Toronto Press. It contains the following chapters:

  • Faith Wallis, “Latin Traditions of Uroscopy”
  • Winston Black, “Translation, Comparison, and Adaptation: Latin Verse Herbals in the Aaron Danielis
  • Peter Murray Jones, “Henry Daniel and His Medical Contemporaries in England”
  • E. Ruth Harvey, “Textual Layers in the Liber Uricrisiarum
  • M. Teresa Tavormina, “The Heirs of Henry Daniel: The Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Legacy of the Liber Uricrisiarum
  • Hannah Bower, “‘Her ovn self seid me’: The Function of Anecdote in Henry Daniel’s Liber Uricrisiarum
  • Sarah Star, “The ‘almost-Latin’ Medical Language of Late Medieval England”

Aaron Danielis: Progress Report

The research and annotation team has now completed a preliminary annotated draft of part 1 of the Herbal (herbs only, sometimes called the “Aaron” section); most primary sources for part 2 (sometimes called the “Abies” section, covering other materia medica and select medical terms) have been identified and draft annotations are under way. We have also compiled a concordance and word lists using the AntConc concordance, in preparation for glossary building.

Project Updates: Liber Uricrisiarum Now Published; Ongoing Work

  • Our reading edition of the Liber Uricrisiarum was delivered to the Press in early April, and the editors are now receiving their copies.  Orders may be placed on the University of Toronto Press website ( for delivery to home postal addresses; the Press is not shipping to institutional addresses until shutdowns have been lifted.

    Both cloth and e-book versions of the book are available; both versions are currently discounted by 25% to $75. It is our understanding that this list price is in CAD for orders from within Canada, and in USD for orders from outside Canada. The discount should last for some but not an unlimited time.  (For a 500-page plus academic book, we think this is a pretty reasonable price; the text itself is about 250 pp. long and the Glossary, with many hitherto unattested technical medical terms in Middle English, runs to almost 100 pp.  And there are several diagram and text images from the base manuscript, BL Royal 17 D.i.)

  • The manuscript of the Henry Daniel companion volume, Reading Henry Daniel: Contexts, Texts, Legacy, edited by Sarah Star, has been submitted to the University of Toronto Press for reader reviews. Contributors include Faith Wallis, Peter Murray Jones, Winston Black, E. Ruth Harvey, Hannah Bower, M. Teresa Tavormina, and Sarah Star.
  • The SSHRC grant that funded some final work on the Liber Uricrisiarum last year and has since been supporting RAs working on Daniel’s Herbal has been given another year to use the balance of grant funds, which is very helpful during the institutional closures of this year. RAs Una Creedon-Carey and Iona Lister are working on transcript review and revision based on the colour digital photos they were able to take at the BL in July 2019, with travel support from the SSHRC grant. They have completed that work on BL Add. 27329, and are now making excellent progress through BL Arundel 42, picking up and fixing difficult readings and marginalia that were not clear or visible in the black and white microfilms. Their BL trip also gave them the chance to draft physical descriptions of the MSS for future use and eventual sharing, in brief format, on this website.