Author: Sietske Fransen

Recipes in the archives of the early Royal Society

By Sietske Fransen ‘What is a recipe?’ was the simple opening question asked by the organizers of the virtual conversation hosted by The Recipes Project. This month-long online discussion has made me look at the archives of the Royal Society with different eyes. During my weekly visits to the Royal Society…

The Order of Things

By Sietske Fransen, with Saskia Klerk Today I want to go back to the first post in my series with Saskia Klerk (last post here) to consider in more depth the order in which recipes were written down in manuscript BPL3603. We initially mentioned that the recipes are initially ordered…

Once it proved effective for noble men and women

By Sietske Fransen, with Saskia Klerk First of all, I owe you the result of a question I posted in my previous blog about the Leiden manuscript BPL3603. I wondered whether anyone could help me find the name of the Archduchess of Innsbruck who was mentioned by Franciscus Mercurius van…

Van Helmont on the Plague, Again!

By Sietske Fransen, with Saskia Klerk A few weeks ago Saskia Klerk introduced the Leiden manuscript BPL 3603 to the readers of this blog. This recently acquired manuscript has a pencil-written remark on the flyleaf by a modern cataloguer with the inscription ‘Van Helmond’s Recepten’.  We can safely assume that this refers to…