Cold temperatures are best for conception

Two weeks ago, we read Giles of Rome’s advice on moderation in the diet, and this week we are examining the best time to conceive children – male and female.  In the Book II, Part I, chapter 17, Giles explains what Aristotle says in Textus poleticorum and De metheoris regarding conception.

 

Book II, part I, chapter 17, ff110v-111r. De regimine regem et principum, Italy, 14th century. Call no. 10a 212.

 

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Moderation has always been in style

Giles of Rome’s De regimine regem et principum falls under the ‘mirror for princes’ genre.  The ‘mirror for princes’ genre is advice literature, meant to instruct rulers in governance and the morals and ethics found in good government.  This genre dates as far back as ancient Greece, and became popular in Western Europe during the high Middle Ages.  Giles of Rome’s De regimine – if we can take extant manuscripts as evidence – was seemingly more popular than any other ‘mirror for princes’, with the exception of the pseudo-Aristotle’s Secretum secretorum.

 

Beginning of Book II, part I, ff17v-18r. De regimine regem et principum, Italy, 14th century. Call no. 10a 212.

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