Nutmeg and the Holy Grail

Fig. 1 — You know the sort of thing. h/t Niels Vergouwen.

The Holy Grail

Fig. 2 — A picture of Wolfram von Eschenbach, author of “Parzival”, in the “Codex Manesse” — Heidelberg, Heidelberg University Library (Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg), Cod. Pal. germ. 848, fol. 149v. Copied c.1304. Again, I’m not sure it really gets more quote-unquote “””medieval””” than this.

Nutmeg

Fig. 3 — A map showing the location of the Banda Islands.
Fig. 4 — “entwapent mit swarther hant / wart er von der kvnegin” ‘The Queen disarmed him [Parzival’s father, Gahmuret] with her own black hands’. St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 857, p.17. Translation adapted from Arthur Hatto’s (1980:34). (Hatto uses ‘dark’ here, which is another example of that odd phenomenon of modern translators avoiding using the word ‘black’ in reference to beautiful people, even when the word in the original means ‘black’ — as if to be black is to not be beautiful.)

Perceval ou le Conte du Graal (1181–1190)

Fig. 5 — The dates, figs, nutmeg, pears, etc., in a manuscript of “Perceval” copied 1230–1240. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 794, f.373v.
Fig. 6 — Nutmeg (nois moscades) and clove (Giroffle) in another thirteenth-century copy of “Perceval”. BnF, Français 1450, f.167v.

Parzival (1200–1210)

Fig. 7 — ‘Wherever someone trod on the carpet / Cardamom, clove, nutmeg / Lay broken under their feet’. St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 857, p.277. Copied around 1260.

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Posting about ancient and medieval Indonesia, up to ~1500 CE. Mainly into 14th & 15th century stuff, but earlier is fine too.

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Posting about ancient and medieval Indonesia, up to ~1500 CE. Mainly into 14th & 15th century stuff, but earlier is fine too.

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