Culpeper’s English Physician; and Complete Herbal


The British Library

The British Library
London, United Kingdom

When seeking inspiration for naming her herbs and potions, J.K. Rowling used the herbal compiled by Nicholas Culpeper. Originally published in 1652 as The English Physitian, ‘Culpeper’s Herbal’ provides a comprehensive list of native medicinal herbs, prescribing the most effective forms of treatment and when to take them. Culpeper was an unlicensed apothecary and disliked by the medical profession, who jealously guarded their monopoly to practise medicine in London. In 1642, he was apparently tried, but acquitted, for practising witchcraft. Shown here: title-page


  • Title: Culpeper’s English Physician; and Complete Herbal
  • Date Created: 1789
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Location Created: London
  • Type: Printed book
  • Original Source: 1601/42
  • Rights: Public Domain. For more information visit: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

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