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- Object: The Manner of His Majesties Curing the Disease, Called The Kings-Evil
A broadside on the people afflicted with scrofula (popularly known as King's Evil) seeking cure from Charles II; with an engraving by Van Hove showing a hall, in the centre a throne and Charles II on a raised platform, the king touching a man kneeling on the steps in front of him, the throne approached from both sides by grown-ups and children; with engraved inscription, and with letterpress title and verses in two columns. (London, Newman: 1679)
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Height: 156 millimetres (engraving)
Height: 433 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 213 millimetres (engraving)
Width: 315 millimetres (printed area)
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- King's Evil is a popular name for scrofula (a form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, mainly in children). The name apparently originates in the time of Edward the Confessor, and the belief that the disease could be cured by the touch of the King of England.
It was also practised in France (for a French broadside of ca.1610 on Henry IV curing the disease, see BM 1848-9-11-622).
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