Our focus now turns from the micro to the macro. Here the cosmos is itself figured as an entity in utero, or a wayward child. But in other respects the macrocosm revels in more-than-human scales of existence; it is a machina mundi. 

  1. Chaucer, House of Fame
  2. Gower, Confessio Amantis, VII.203-1438
  3. Brunetto Latini, The Book of the Treasure (sections 104-20) 
  4. A Sourcebook in Medieval Science, ed. Grant
    1. Isidore of Seville, pp. 25-27
    2. Macrobius, pp. 27-29
    3. Chalcidius, pp. 29-30
    4. Anon., pp. 451-65
  5. Macrobius, The Saturnalia, Book 7.16
  6. Hildegard of Bingen, Selected Writings, “The Cosmic Egg,” pp. 89-92
  7. Bernardus Silvestris, Cosmographia, chaps 1-2



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Bloodletting Man, Wellcome Library MS 49, fol. 41r

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