Published in 1597, the Herball of John Gerard was instantly recognised as an essential medical treatise. It was substantially revised and extended in a new edition published in 1633. As the most extensive and up-to-date statement on matters medical, there can be no doubt that Gerard’s Herball must have been a go-to manual during the civil wars. Yet the role it played in the treatment of the soldiery and general populace has yet to be told. This chapter analyses a surviving copy of the Herball, and its seventeenth-century ownership and usage by the royalist family, the Coopers of Thurgarton. An analysis of the numerous annotations it includes and the conditions they identify, argues that this artefact was used to inform treatments for those suffering ailments commonly associated with seventeenth-century siege warfare, and in this instance, the sieges of Newark in particular.
This chapter focuses on a particular issue in the reception of John Masters's writing. It examines how Masters's handling of characterisation relates both to the literary critical culture of the period and to the temporality of the 'Savage family saga' as a whole. The story of the policeman and the terrorists, provided the prototype for the more complex narratives of the 'Savage family saga'. Masters's first novel, Nightrunners of Bengal, deals with one of the most contested moments in British imperial history, the 'Mutiny' of 1857 and focuses almost entirely on the hero, Rodney Savage, an officer in the Bengal Infantry. In 1961 Ronald Bryden published a short article on Masters's fiction in The London Magazine, which effectively constitutes a 'confession'. The fact that Masters's heroes have a strong moral dimension meant that liberal readers were able to bracket their own critical responses.
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