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The English Renaissance Herbal and its European Antecedents

Turner’s Illustration of the Mandrage or Mandrake

Saturday 14 October, 10:30 – 13:00, in the Clore Suite at the Great North Museum: Hancock.

William Turner (1508-1568) is often referred to as the ‘Father of English Botany’ and his major publication A New Herball (1551-1568) is considered to be the first herbal in English to give accurate descriptions of the plants listed as well as their medical uses. But although Turner radically modified the English herbal, he did not invent the genre.

Using resources housed in the Society’s Library and from the speaker’s personal collection, this lecture and exhibition looks at the centuries of European and English precedents which Turner had available, and glances briefly at the herbal in the hundred years after his death.

Local historian Dr Marie Addyman is the foremost expert on William Turner.