By Alisha Rankin

Panaceia’s Daughters presents the 1st book-length examine of noblewomen’s therapeutic actions in early smooth Europe. Drawing on wealthy archival assets, Alisha Rankin demonstrates that a number of German noblewomen have been deeply keen on making medications and recommending them to sufferers, and lots of received frequent repute for his or her treatments. Turning a typical old argument on its head, Rankin continues that noblewomen’s pharmacy got here to prominence no longer even with their gender yet as a result of it.


Rankin demonstrates the ways that noblewomen’s pharmacy used to be certain up in notions of charity, classification, faith, and family roles, in addition to in increasing networks of information and early varieties of medical experimentation. the hole chapters position noblewomen’s therapeutic in the context of cultural alternate, experiential wisdom, and the common look for medicinal recipes in early sleek Europe. Case stories of well known healers Dorothea of Mansfeld and Anna of Saxony then show the worth their pharmacy held of their respective roles as aged widow and royal consort, whereas a research of the long-suffering Duchess Elisabeth of Rochlitz emphasizes the significance of experiential wisdom and medicinal treatments to the patient’s event of illness.

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