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John Bill II (?d. 1682) and Christopher Barker (active to c.1680)

A proclamation for the better ordering of those who repair to the Court for their Cure of the Disease called the Kings-Evil 1662

RCIN 751272

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Since the Middle Ages it had been believed that the royal touch could heal the ‘king's evil’ or scrofula – a swelling in the neck. Charles II touched more people than any other British monarch in ‘touching ceremonies’, with almost 100,000 people witnessing his divine powers. His cure became so popular that this proclamation was issued to limit attendance.

Cat. 39