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Recipe book manuscripts
Collection of medical receipts in English: by the same hand throughout.
Written in a small and legible upright English Secretary hand, similar to Alphabet No. 7 in Jenkinson's The later Court Hands in England, 1927.
The author has not been identified. His work is roughly arranged to cover diseases from head to foot, and his main authority is Galen, to whom he refers on many occasions. On fol. 241 is a 'Description of urines according to doctor Boord' (i.e. Andrew Boord or Borde [1490?-1549]). There are few personal details: on fol. 183, lines 17, 18 he speaks of a hard tumour only curable by amputation 'which I have remarked within these 30 years'. On fol. 157 he has a receipt for 'A drinke for the plague or pestilent fever proved in the yeare 1605', continuing on fol 157v, line 3, 'Also this medicine saved 38 commons of Windsor in the last greate plague 1595'.
Produced in Windsor?.