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Medieval Lapidaries: the original crystal books

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Medieval Lapidaries: the original crystal books

In the Middle Ages, magical lapidaries -- texts on the qualities and powers of gems -- were very popular, particularly in France, Italy, and England. While there were other lapidaries that focussed more on the scientific properties, and others that focussed on Christian symbolism, the magical ones focussed on powers that different stones could imbue. These stones were powerful enough to protect the user from harm or even cure illness. Sound familiar?

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