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Nicholas Culpeper: The Rebel Healer of Spitalfields

This talk explores the work of herbalist Nicholas Culpeper.

Nicholas Culpeper’s 1652 book The Complete Herbal is one of the most successful English books in history, and has led to him being hailed as a founder of alternative medicine. But Culpeper was also one of London’s most important radicals during the Civil War. Through his practice as a writer and healer based just a few yards from the site of Bishopsgate Institute, Culpeper not only challenged the medical establishment by providing free healthcare to the poor, but helped spark a revolution that laid the foundations of modern democracy.

Speaker Benjamin Woolley is author of The Herbalist, the first full-length biography of Nicholas Culpeper. He is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, whose latest book, Savage Kingdom, tells the story of Jamestown, England’s first successful colony in America.


Benjamin Woolley | talks


Date and Time:

10 March 2009 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate
020 7392 9200

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£7, concessions £5; advance booking required

Available from:

Call 020 7392 9220 between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Additional Information:

Bishopsgate Institute is two minutes walk from Liverpool Street station.

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