Apothecaries in medieval Burgundy (1200-1600) Nanno Bolt


In the times of Charles the Bold, dating back to 1477, the territory of Burgundy was expansive, covering not just today’s Netherlands but also contemporary Belgium, several northern French counties, the Duchy of Burgundy, and the counties of Nevers and Burgundy. Originating in the 13th century, the earliest apothecary shops began to appear in the urban centers within this Burgundian realm. But what was the daily life like for these medieval pharmacists?

From the era of Charles the Bold in 1477, the State of Burgundy encompassed not only present-day Netherlands but also modern Belgium, various counties in northern France, the Duchy of Burgundy, and the counties of Nevers and Burgundy. Beginning in the 1200s, the first apothecary establishments emerged in the towns within this Burgundian territory. But what was life like for these medieval apothecaries? This book delves into questions such as:

  • How did they operate?
  • Where were their establishments located?
  • What attire did they wear?
  • What symbols did they use for advertising?

Drawing from archival records, this book provides a captivating glimpse into their social standing, pharmacy shops, libraries, and clientele.


About the Author:

Nanno Bolt, a native of Amsterdam, earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Amsterdam. He has authored approximately seventy scientific publications. Since relocating to Burgundy, now the name of a region in modern France, in 2007, he has focused his research on late medieval apothecaries. Bolt is an esteemed member of the Société d’Histoire de la Pharmacie in Paris and the Cercle Benelux d’Histoire de la Pharmacie. In December 2021, he was honored with the National Prize of Pharmaceutical History by the Académie Nationale de Pharmacie in Paris for his contributions to the field.










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