The Herbal of the Florentine Codex: Description and Contextualization of Paragraph V in Book XI

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In contemporary studies, three texts dating from the second half of the sixteenth century continue to be treated as essential primary literature concerning pre-Hispanic and early colonial medicine. These are the herbal Libellus de medicinalibus indorum herbis (1552), composed by the Nahuas Martín de la Cruz and Juan Badiano in the Imperial College of Santa Cruz of Tlatelolco; the Historia natural de Nueva España, written by Philip II's protomédico (royal physician) Francisco Hernández, a “scientific envoy” in New Spain in the 1570s; and the Florentine Codex, the only extant manuscript of the 12-book encyclopedia on the world of the Nahuas, Historia universal de las cosas de Nueva España (ca. 1577), which was directed by Fray Bernardino de Sahagún.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-488
Number of pages26
JournalThe Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History
Issue number3
Early online date10 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


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