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The Herbalist: Nicholas Culpeper and the Fight for Medical Freedom Paperback – 7 Feb 2005


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; New Ed edition (7 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007126581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007126583
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benjamin Woolley is a writer and broadcaster, author of five non-fiction books published around the world, and Emmy-award-winning writer and presenter of TV documentaries on subjects ranging from ancient board games to the Space Age.

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‘This is a wonderful book – a delight to read, fast-moving, informed and passionate in its advocacy. It is a vivid and compelling portrait of the world turned upside down.’ Sir Roy Strong, Sunday Times

‘The research is superb – rich, detailed, and original – and the lives Benjamin Woolley describes are as passionate as the great events of the English Civil War around which they orbit.’ Adam Nicolson

‘Immensely readable…This book is more than a biography.’ Independent on Sunday

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SAP VINE VOICE on 2 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
Ostensibly this is a biography of Nicholas Culpeper, but I'm not sure this book knows what it wants to be. The author admits as much in the preface, mentioning the dearth of extant biographical material to work with which immediately negates what follows. As the story progresses one then begins to wonder whether this is a history of the English Civil War? or perhaps of the College of Physicians? or perhaps a biography of William Harvey? who features far more frequently than does Culpeper. The language was also a problem for me. The author frequently includes 17th-century prose into the body of the text instead of separating it out which makes for a turgid read with plenty of sub clauses and endless qualifications and meanderings. I'm in favour with quoting from primary sources, and even with the original spellings and grammar, but in moderation and not just for the sake of quoting - for some purpose. Apart from that it's still worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By White on 3 July 2012
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A well written and engaging read, particularly for the student of medical history. It is very enlightening on the context of Culpepper's life and his hitherto somewhat ignored place in history. A good reference book, hence my purchase after borrowing from the library.
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The title of this book is totally misleading. It should be 'the fight for medical freedom - with a social and historical emphasis. Oh and we mention people like Nicholas Culpeper'. If I had wanted a book that detailed the history of medicine and its societies I would have brought one. This gives so little of Nicholas Culpeper until you really get to page 279 or there about. I wanted to know more about Culpeper and his struggles with the establishment, how he over came these struggles and his use of astrology now known as medical astrology. I am looking for another book.
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By M. PARROTT on 4 Feb. 2013
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Used copy in excellent condition and quick delivery. Author not only writes of the life of the Culpeper but gives multiple quotes of the herbalists ideas and use of certain herbs.
Highly recommended.
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