Autumn Books

The Herbal Bed

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7063.1022a (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1022
  1. Tony Delamothe

    Peter Whelan Warner/Chappell Plays, £5.25, pp 123 ISBN 0 85676 223 7

    Stratford-upon-Avon physician John Hall (?1575-1635) would be in for more than the usual shocks if he returned to earth this year. He would find tourists visiting his desirable Tudor residence, Hall's Croft, and he would find three theatres erected in honour of his father-in-law. In one of them he could have seen The Herbal Bed. It is a dramatisation of a case of defamation brought by Hall's wife, Susannah, against someone who publicly claimed that she suffered from a sexually transmitted disease as a result of having “bin naught[y]” with a neighbour.

    For Hall, the highly charged events on stage may …

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