The Lapidary sponsored by King Alfonso X the Learned is a book about stones--precious and semi-precious, beautiful, commonplace, medicinal and magical. It is also a book filled with astrological lore because it treats the influences of stars, planets, and the signs of the zodiac upon stones. The value to the history of book illumination is also considerable. But it is the written contents of the Lapidary which reveal its treasure house of beliefs and superstitions. Due to the efforts of two learned and diligent scholars, Ingrid Bahler and Katherine Gyknyesi Gatto, the Lapidary can be read and greatly enjoyed by medievalists and the general educated public. Readers will also be grateful to Jeffrey LaFavre's interesting essay, "The Astronomy of the Lapidary." (John E. Keller)
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Ingrid Bahler received a PhD. from Case Western Reserve University. Her previous book-length publications in the field of medieval Spanish poetry are Alfonso lvarez de Villasandino: poesa de peticin (1975) and Of Kings and Poets: Cancionero Poetry of the Trastmara Courts (1992), co-authored with Katherine Gyknyesi Gatto.
Katherine Gyknyesi Gatto is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures of John Carroll University. She received a PhD. from Case Western Reserve University. A former Fulbright Scholar to Spain, she is the editor and translator of a Treasury of Hungarian Love: Poems, Quotations and Proverbs in Hungarian and English (1996), and co-author, along with Ingrid Bahler, of Of Kings and Poets: Cancionero Poetry of the Trastmara Courts (1992).
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