The Syon Abbey Herbal

syon abbey herbal7.30pm, Monday 19 January 2014, at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, London W4

an illustrated talk by John Adams of Syon Abbey Research Associates close to the 600th anniversary of the founding of Syon Abbey in February 1415 by Henry V. Unusually, its 60 sisters and 25 brothers were under the rule of an Abbess. The Herbal was written by Thomas Betson, the Abbey’s last-known librarian, with 700 plant entries and 400 remedies, some of them lethal!

Copies of John’s new book on the Herbal will be on sale at the special price of £30.

please note the date of the talk – the wrong date was included in error in the programme which was mailed to members.

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