Eucharius Roesslin - Museum für medizinhistorische Bücher Muri
Eucharius Roesslin

EUCHARIUS ROESSLIN

KREUTERBUCH (HERBAL), 1538

Animals between fantasy and reality

Roesslin's work includes a dragon, a badger, a phoenix, a snake or the basilisk. At this time, there was no fundamental distinction between magic and science. Roesslin could not evaluate the credibility of the applied descriptions because he had not seen elephants or dragons.

Snake The snake, writes Roesslin, lives in the shadows and moves in a "crooked manner" through slippery paths and holes. Snake skin, boiled in oil, helps to alleviate earaches.

The largest snake is the dragon, which comes from the Orient and India. It likes to live in the cliffs near the Tower of Babel. Its tail is more dangerous than its teeth. The rendered fat ("lard") of the dragon is useful for driving away poisonous animals.