The apothecary at Chenonceau — photo by author
Chenonceau apothecary— author’s photo

We’re apt to think that today, more than ever, we rely on pharmaceuticals to get us through life.

But even back in the 1500s, some people kept pretty extensive medicine chests.

Catherine di Medici, famed child bride of Henry II of France, kept an incredible apothecary at her French chateau…

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