The Library

The Cathedral Library was built in the mid-fifteenth century over the East Cloister.

It houses the book collection of the Chapter in two areas: the Chained Library and the Reading Room. The earliest records of the Cathedral are housed in the Muniment Room at the southern end of the Library.

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Featured Book of the Month : AUGUST

AMATUS LUSITANUS   Curationum Medicinalium Centuriae

Septem   ( Basle, 1556)


Joao Rodriguez Castello Branco (1511-1568), better known as Amatus Lusitanus, was a Portuguese physician. Born to Jewish parents, he was obliged by the Inquisition to flee his native country and he first settled in Italy, becoming a lecturer in Anatomy and medicinal plants at the University of Ferrara. He was the physician to Pope Julius III in Rome.

Amato helped to discover the circulation of the blood by observing and speculating about venous valves. He published several medical works. The Curationum is a compilation of his case notes and the treatments administered.

The book belongs to the Bath Abbey library and was given by Sir Edward Greaves, who was Physician in Ordinary to Charles II.

OLN 189