'Exploring the virtues of Herbes' with the Tudor Herbe Wives

Saturday 18th August 2018 at 10:30

A Living History Performance looking at the medicinal, domestic and cosmetic use of herbs in the 16 and 17th centuries. This entertaining demonstration will be accompanied by some wonderful examples of medical books from the Cathedral’s Library and Archives.

About the event

Mistress Elinor and Mistress Christina, Tudor Herbe Wives offer a Living History Performance based on historical fact. These Herbal Wives ancestors might  have worked as lay-persons  – perhaps in the instances of Mistresses Elinor and  Christina at  the 12th century Polsloe Priory also known as St Katherine’s Priory in Pinhoe Exeter, passing down their knowledge and expertise through the generations.

The “Wives” demonstrate the preparation of traditional herbal medical remedies, the domestic use of herbes (as insect repellent, air fresheners, pot scourers, etc.) for cosmetic use and for adornment and decoration. The Performance also touches on the preservation and storage of herbal materials for the winter months.

The performance will last approximately 45 minutes, after which, questions are welcomed, together with an opportunity for the audience to talk to the Herbal Wives and takes a closer look at the herbes.

We also have Daisi – the local art education group, who will be on hand to help youngsters make apothecaries decorated amulets to fill with wishes!

10:30-11:30 session one, and drop in afterwards until 13:30.

Ticket information

£5, booking essential. Available from 01392 285983 (Monday to Friday) or book online.

Children free with paying adult – recommended for 6+

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