Medicine and Magic in Elizabethan London: Simon Forman: by Lauren Kassell

By Lauren Kassell

Simon Forman (1552-1611) is considered one of London's so much notorious astrologers. while he used to be consulted hundreds of thousands of instances a 12 months for clinical and different questions he stood except the scientific elite as he boldly asserted clinical rules that have been at odds with such a lot discovered physicians. during this attention-grabbing booklet, Lauren Kassell vividly recovers the realm of medication and magic in Elizabethan London.

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Bodleian, Rawlinson MS C. . On Gresham, see DNB, Missing Persons. ⁴² For a notebook of poems, including one dated , see Ashm. , fos. –. This contains verses for the queen which may relate to Forman’s record of giving an oration before her in Wilton in : Ashm. , fo. v. ), Acts of the Privy Council of England, xi (), . A magical MS from  has been misattributed to Forman: BL Additional MS , fos. v–. ⁴³ In Mar. e. since ): Annals,  Mar. /, pp.

In his latest account of his life he said that he began studying medical arts when he was : Ashm. , fo. . Elsewhere he specified that he had practised since : Ashm. , fo. . – he specified that he had practised astrological medicine for thirty years: Ashm. , p. . ⁴⁴ Ashm. , fo. . It concerned the location of lost goods. For Forman’s possible early reading of a number of th-cent. introductions to astronomy see Ashm. , iii–v. On learning astrology, cf. ), An Astrological Diary of the Seventeenth Century: Samuel Jeake of Rye – (Oxford, ), .

V. The genealogy, ‘The firste of the Formans’, is Ashm. , fos. –. The family history, ‘Of the name Forman’, is Ashm. , fos. –; cf. Rowse, Forman, –, for a partial transcription of Ashm. , fos. –. ¹⁰ Clement wrote to Richard Napier,  Aug. , Ashm. , fo. . For evidence that Clement planned to train as a lawyer, see Traister, Forman, pp. xiv–xv. ¹¹ ‘The issue of Simon Forman’, Ashm. , fos. –. ¹² Ashm. , fos. v–. ,  Dec. , see Ashm. , fos.

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