The Herbalist

by Benjamin Woolley One of the best selling books of all time, Culpepers Herbal has been continuously in print for 350 years.

Nicholas Culpeper was born an outcast and became a long-haired tobbaco-smoking rebel who rocked the medical establishment.

Reader Hannah Gordon Abridged by Libby Spurrier

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01In The Company Of Women20040301

by Benjamin Woolley One of the best selling books of all time, Culpepers Herbal has been continuously in print for 350 years.

Nicholas Culpeper was born an outcast and became a long-haired tobbaco-smoking rebel who rocked the medical establishment.

Reader Hannah Gordon Abridged by Libby SpurrierNicholas collects herbs and magic spells with old wives and cunning women, then runs off with an heiress.

02The Storehouse Of The World20040302

Culpeper's Herbal is an enduring classic.

He was a rebel who shook the cosy medical establishment with his revolutionary ideas.

Culpeper learns the trade in the shabby apothecary shops where bizarre fruit, veg and bits of odd animals were brought by explorers from faraway places.

Reader: Hannah Gordon

03Into Practice20040303

Abridged by Libby Spurrier and read by Hannah Gordon Culpeper was a rebel who shook the cosy medical establishment with his revolutionary methods.

'I wish from my heart our present State would take a little care for the lives of the poor'.

04Latin Into English20040304

Culpeper destroys the doctors' monopoly on knowledge.

'I saw ancient people coming to me, sick, and coughing, and crying out for the lord's sake help us.

I saw young children desiring me to give them the grounds of physic in their mother tongue.' Abridged by Libby Spurrier and read by Hannah Gordon.

05 LASTBlockbuster20040305

Culpeper publishes a sex manual, a guide for midwives and his masterpiece 'The English Physician or Herbal'.

But then the charlatans move in.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier and read by Hannah Gordon.