To attend a royal dinner may seem a very attractive idea, but it can become too much of a good thing. It is very different to be served a small plate full of delicacies. Tiny tidbits of food make our mouths water and whet our appetite. The same rule applies to knowledge. Too much and we are overwhelmed. Small digestible delicacies feed our curiosity.
Metaphorically, The ‘Liber Floridus’ is full of these tidbits of knowledge. It is a manuscript compiled almost 9 centuries ago that offers its readers intriguing insights into contemporary knowledge. The author, Lambert of Saint-Omer, not only encourages our intellectual appetite, but also endeavours to astonish us with the nature of a our created world.