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Hec est arbor Consanguineitatis (Here is the Tree of Blood Relationships) from Etymologiae. Liber Ethymologiarum Isidori Hyspalensis Ep[iscop]i.
  • Isidore of Seville
  • Hec est arbor Consanguineitatis (Here is the Tree of Blood Relationships) from Etymologiae. Liber Ethymologiarum Isidori Hyspalensis Ep[iscop]i., 1489
  • Spencer Research Library, Department of Special Collections, Summerfield D294
  • Not on display
  • EL2009.015
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
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"Trees & Other Ramifications: Branches in Nature & Culture," Mar-2009, Steve Goddard
Isidore of Seville was an Archbishop known for his learnedness and for his encyclopedic text, the Etymologiae. For this early printing of Etymologiae, an unknown artist has created a woodcut illustration of “the Tree of Blood Relationships.” Unlike most family trees, with ancestors at the roots of the hierarchical tree, this diagram starts at the roots with the great-great grandson and great-great granddaughter of the bearded figure in the center of the tree, and ascends from him to his great-great grandfather and great-great grandmother at the very top.