Priests and Drugs in 17th-Century Paris

  • Seminar
Photograph showing a woman giving a talk in the Viewing Room at Wellcome Collection. She is stood at the front of the room looking at a wall mounted television screen. In the foreground are the backs of the heads of the audience.
Exploring Research event, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

What you’ll do

Come and hear Dr Emma Spary discuss her research on the often-overlooked role of priests in the history of pharmacy. Beginning with a Wellcome manuscript, she will explore the growth of pharmaceutical enterprise in Louis XIV’s Paris and how religious orders produced and used medicinal drugs. Following her paper there will be an opportunity for you to discuss her ideas.

About your speaker

Photograph of Emma Spary

Emma Spary

Dr Emma Spary is Reader in the History of Modern European Knowledge at the University of Cambridge. Her recent books include Eating the Enlightenment (2012) and Feeding France (2014).