In Spain it inaugurated the genre of the lengthy royal biography, breaking away from the traditional Isidorian
model of a series of relatively short notices.
But whereas among these bedouins from the desert one could rarely find people who knew how to read and write, in the indigenous population rested the sediment of Roman civilization and the Isidorian
flowering and, even if we recognize that this was the culture of an elite, it had already produced encyclopedias like the Liber Glossamm, and there remained still the fruits of the scientific schools of Seville and Toledo, among so many other cultural examples from that time.
(30) Although some medieval works that contained these ideas, such as the De secreta mulierum, remained popular during the Elizabethan period, this did not entail acceptance of the parts of these works that adopted Plinian and Isidorian
His prophetic verses (Trovas), based on the Isidorian
prophecies and the Old Testament, described the coming of O Encoberto, who would establish the Fifth Empire.
For if the idea of birds "naming themselves" is revealed to be a commonplace convention found in many enigmas (not to mention in numerous Isidorian
etymologies for the names of birds and other beasts), it no longer stands out as a distinctive clue for identifying a species.
I'm struck in these lines comprising the first two-thirds of Mitchell's poem by her ability to appropriate an "Isidorian
Howe, 'Aldhelm's "Enigmata" and Isidorian
Etymology', Anglo-Saxon England, 14 (1985), 51-4.
"Glossae Collectae" in Aelfric's Vocabulary'.