One of the favourite activities of medieval scholars was to write massive encyclopedias, distilling every last detail of the known world into book form to share with an insatiably curious public. This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with Travis Zadeh about a thirteenth-century bestseller written by a scholar named Qazwini, who brought together natural philosophy and what we might now call supernatural philosophy to reveal the workings of the world and the universe.
Travis Zadeh is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University. His new book is Wonders and Rarities: The Marvelous Book That Traveled the World and Mapped the Cosmos, published by Harvard University Press.
Top Image: Library of Congress MS Cod.arab. 464