The publication, for profit, of intimate details of the British Royal Family by their former servants is at least 350 years old. What may be the first example of this exploitation of “insider knowledge,” was published in 1658 by a former servant of Henrietta Maria, Queen Consort to Charles I. The book details the “Receipts” – recipes for medicinal cures and favourite foods of the Royal Family – contained in the Queen’s Closet. Some of the medicinal recipes are quackery indeed, and all the more interesting for that. In this serialisation, the spelling has been modernised to aid comprehension but the habit of always capitalising proper nouns has bee retained to add ‘flavour’ to the text. Our next instalment consists of a list of all of those who wrote or prescribed the remedies. They include the monarchs, Mary I, Edward VI, Elizabeth I, Charles I, courtiers such as Walter Raleigh and Francis bacon and a host of doctors, gentlemen and ladies of the court.
The Prescribers, and Approvers of most of these rare Receipts, their following names are in several Pages of this Book inserted and annexed to their own experienced Receipts.
The Approvers Names
King Edward the sixth
King Charles the first
Lady Elizabeth, daughter to King Charles the first