Catalan Review

Medieval Agricultural Lore in the Untitled Miscellany of MS. 6437, Biblioteca Municipal de València (Fons Serrano Morales)

Catalan Review (2009), 23, (1), 9–16.

Abstract

A 15th century codex numbered 6437 in the Biblioteca Municipal de Valencia (Philobiblon BITECA manid 1029) contains, among other agricultural writings, seven hitherto unedited chapters on arboriculture, the sowing of seeds, and the prediction of weather patterns. There is evidence that this untitled miscellany was an original Romance composition, and, just like other texts such as the Mamoria de les maneres de laurons de plantar, & de sembrar e de pensar que hom deu fer a tota ortalissa and the Capitols singulars deles llauors que deuras sembrar, that it sprang from the flourishing huerta irrigation culture of the fifteenth century. Alongside such documents, this brief miscellany lends further weight to the notion that the educated elite of fourteenth and fifteenth century Catalan-speaking regions included practitioners of even the most ancient of arts, and that these early agronomists were determined to contribute their own local observations and experimentation to the sytematic treatment of agricultural exploitation handed down to them from Palladius.

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