Author Archives: Jennifer

Jennifer is a Senior lecturer in History at the University of Hertfordshire. Her research focuses on gender, the body and medicine in early modern England. She has published in Social History of Medicine and Women's History Review. Her first book Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in Early Modern England was published in 2014 in the Royal Historical Society Studies in History Series

Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine On Offer

Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in Early Modern England is now available for £35. To make a purchase on the Boydell and Brewer website just enter offer code BB401 at the checkout. A discount flyer and order form can also be found here – click the link and then click on ‘aphrodisiacs 2017’ which appears at the …

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Maladies & Medicine

Maladies and Medicine offers a lively exploration of health and medical cures in early modern England. The introduction sets out the background in which the body was understood, covering the theory of the four humours and the ways that male and female bodies were conceptualised. It also explains the hierarchy of healers from university trained …

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Toy shop Treatments

I have always been intrigued reading 17th and 18th century newspaper advertisements for medical remedies by the locations in which these products were sold and from whom they could be purchased. Looking at the drugs advertised in almanacs Louise Hill Curth has argued that patent and proprietary drugs – those with a name sold as …

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Satisfying Satyrion

I have been catching up on Season 2 of Versailles on BBC Iplayer.  (Spoiler to follow if you haven’t watched it yet). In the season opener Madame De Reynaud claims to have procured powder of Satyrion to enhance her marriage. Satyrion was a very well known aphrodisiac in the seventeenth century. It worked based on …

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Preventing Pregnancy

Early modern historians have long discussed whether people in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries actively limited their family size. Dorothy McLaren has shown that women might extend the length of time for which they breastfed their babies in order to space pregnancies further apart, while Angus McLaren, Edward Shorter and others have explored in detail …

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