A fascinating piece of cultural heritage has emerged from the vaults and been placed online. The Cotton MS Vitellius C III is not a fancy new font with Office 365, but an antique book of herbal lore. The pages have been damaged, due to fire in 1731, but much of the content remains legible. It contains a difficult to read but not illegible script, written by hand, alongside some elaborate and remarkable illustrations.
You may have trouble reading the contents though, as it is written in Old English and dates back to over one thousand years. Only scholars can truly decipher the words into modern tongue, and it is sure that there will be plenty online who can't wait to get their dictionaries around this oldest surviving document of its kind in the world.
Feast your eyes on the digital upload of this significant and charming manuscript.
Rowan Blair Colver for Alternative Fruit
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