The Herbal Health, Witchery and Poisoning of Shakespeare's World

This Zoom event starts at 7 pm.

A talk by Karen Howell

The traditional and structural use of remedies, flowers and poisons were an essential part of the Shakespearean literary world. Some of the medical elements are easily recognised by us today, while others are hidden amidst more complicated political narratives.

This talk will be about some of the more fascinating details concerning the Shakespearean materia medica.



Karen Howell is a Herb Archivist and former Curator of the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, London. From translating the Latin pharmacopoeia of the old Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, to presenting how pre-NHS surgeons achieved their mission, without antiseptic or anaesthetic procedure, as a museum curator she has reviewed and presented the detailed narratives of the health trials of the past to help us appreciate the importance of our modern healthcare system.

Tickets are £5 and can be booked through TryBooking by clicking here. You will receive a link to this Zoom event via email. Any additional contributions for The Rose Playhouse will be much appreciated and go towards funding the Rose Revealed Project.

Please note that booking for this event will close at 6.00 pm on 27 October.

The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.

Booking Information

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020 7261 9565