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The Herbalist

17th century England found itself facing civil war, famine and epidemics to rival the Black Death in their enormity. In the midst of these terrible times came Nicholas Culpeper’s Herbal - one of the most popular and enduring books ever published.
Working in the underground world of religious sects, secret printing presses and unlicensed apothecary shops, Culpeper challenged the stronghold of the College of Physicians - a powerful body in control of London’s medical regime - and then at the very pinnacle of its power.

The Herbalist vividly recreates these momentous struggles and the roots of today’s hopes and fears about the power of medical science, professional institutions and government.

Benjamin Woolley is an award winning writer and broadcaster. He is the author of the best-selling The Queen’s Conjurer: The Life and Magic of Dr John Dee.

Meet the author in the Bookshop

Authors of new, non-fiction books talk about their work and answer your questions before a signing session. If you are unable to come in person we will be happy to arrange a signed copy for you with a personal dedication if you wish.


Benjamin Woolley | talks


Date and Time:

20 April 2004 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The British Library
96 Euston Road
+44 20 74 12 72 22

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