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The Queen's Physik II
Posted on Nov 22, 2006 - 05:47 PM by Bill McCann

The publication, for profit, of intimate details of the British Royal Family by their former servants is at least 350 years old. What may be the first example of this exploitation of "insider knowledge," was published in 1658 by a former servant of Henrietta Maria, Queen Consort to Charles I. The book details the "Receipts" recipes for medicinal cures and favourite foods of the Royal Family contained in the Queen's Closet. Some of the medicinal recipes are quackery indeed, and all the more interesting for that. In this serialisation, the spelling has been modernised to aid comprehension but the habit of always capitalising proper nouns has bee retained to add 'flavour' to the text. Our next instalment consists of a list of all of those who wrote or prescribed the remedies. They include the monarchs, Mary I, Edward VI, Elizabeth I, Charles I, courtiers such as Walter Raleigh and Francis bacon and a host of doctors, gentlemen and ladies of the court.

The Prescribers, and Approvers of most of these rare Receipts, their following names are in several Pages of this Book inserted and annexed to their own experienced Receipts.

The Approvers Names

King Edward the sixth Queen Elizabeth
King Charles the first Queen Mary
Lady Elizabeth, daughter to King Charles the first Dr. Mayhern Physician to the late King
Dr. Bates Dr. King
Dr. Mountford Dr. Forster
Dr. More Dr. Butler
Dr. Bassa an Italian Dr. Adrian Gilbert
Dr. Atkinson Dr. Goffe
Dr. Stephens Dr. Price
Dr. Read Dr. May
Dr. Blacksmith Dr. Brasdale
Dr. Frier Dr. Atkins
Dr. Gifford Dr. Twine
Dr. Wetherborn Dr. Lewkener
Dr. Eglestone Dr. Soper
Mr. Stepkins occulist Mr. Fenton Chyrur
Mr. Francis Cox Chyrur Mr. Lumley Chyrur
Mr.Thomas Potter Chyrur Mr. Phillips Apothecary
B. Laud Arch-Bishop of Canterbury Bishop of Worcester
Earl of Arundel CC. Lord Treasurer
Lord bacon Vic. of St. Albans Lord Vic. Conway CC
Lord Spencer Lord Sheffield
Sir Walter Raleigh Sir Thomas Mayner
Sir Edward Terrel Sir Edward Bolstward
Sir Edward Spencer Sir Kenelm Digby
Mr. Justice Hutton Countess of Arundel
Countess of Worcester Countess of Oxford
Countess of Kent Countess of Rutland CC
Lady Monteagle Lady Abergany CC.
Lady Novel Lady Spotswood
Lady Drury lady Gifford
Lady Hobby Lady Leonard
Lady Smith Lady Goring
Lady Mildmay Lady Bray
Lady Dacres Lady Thornborough
Lady Mallet Mrs. Duke
Mrs. Covet Mrs. Lee CC.
Mrs. Powell Mrs. Jones
Mrs. Chaunce Mrs. Shelley CC.
Mr. Edward Houghton Mr. Lucarello
Mr. Elderton Mr. Rodstone CC.
Mr. Ferene the Queen's Perfumer


This page will eventually for the index of the book. Hyperlinks to the recipes of each contributor will be made when they are uploaded.

The original has been scanned by the Library of the University of Barcelona and images of the pages can be viewed here .


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