Elizabeth Freke

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  • Raymond Anselment (University of Connecticut)

In the south choir aisle of Westminster Abbey, a monument on the wall commemorates Elizabeth Freke. Her body was interred somewhere in the nave, and her records and memoirs survive in two British Library manuscripts. The longer vellum-bound folio (Add. MS. 45718) contains numerous ”Receipts for my own use” along with many medicinal remedies and properties gathered from the works of John Gerard and Nicholas Culpeper as well as inventories of her cordial waters and “sirrups” of interest to the pharmacology of medicine. Each manuscript also contains a lengthy ledger of expenditures incurred during her husband's final illness; lists of properties, rents, and deeds; and letters involving her dispute with the Norwich diocesan …

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Anselment, Raymond. "Elizabeth Freke". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 March 2008
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