Mary Cholmeley’s husband, the Rev Henry Fairfax, was a clergyman who was “frequently called upon to minster to the sick”. He added most of the entries in the book, including ‘how to know the King’s Evil’, which was an old term for tuberculosis of the lymph nodes in the neck:
“Take a ground worme alive and lay him upon ye swelling or sore and cover him with a leafe. Yf it be ye disease ye worme will change and turn into earth. Yf it be not he will remain whole and sound.”