Andrew Boorde

Date 1490 - 1549
Biographical NotesPhysician and Author. Early career as Carthusian monk rising to the position of suffragan bishop of Chichester. After a scandal relating to his being 'conversant with women' he was released from his vows. Studied medicine in several European universities and became an itinerant physician, travelling widely. In 1535 he travelled through Europe at the behest of Thomas Cromwell with whom he corresponded regularly. In 1538 Boorde left for Jerusalem on a journey that took him east via Venice and back to the west through Naples and Rome. In 1542 he wrote 'The First Book of the Introduction of Knowledge'. In 1547 he was imprisoned on a charge of keeping three prostitutes in his chamber. He died in Fleet Prison. See ODNB.
Work(s)Author of The Fyrst Boke of the Introduction of Knowledge the Whych Dothe Teache a Man to Speake Parte of all Maner of Languages, and to Knowe the Usage and Fashion of al Maner of Countreys. And for to Know the Moste Parte of all Maner of Coynes of Money, the Whych is Currant in Every Region Made by Andrew Borde, of Physycke Doctor [1555?]