Following on from the new Forest and in many ways connected to some of the people Jack Photographed is Juliette de Bairacli Levy who when young befriended some of the New Forest Romanies of who one of her best friends amongst them was "black Lizzy" or as Juliette called her "Eiza" Cooper.
Eiza is mentioned along with other members of the Cooper family and also the Sheen family in the book Wanderers In the New Forest :- First published in 1958 . She learned of the old Gypsy cures and remedies and was happy to learn from old "Eiza" the many natural and age old herbal remedies that had been passed down from mother to daughter for generations.The Forest being full of natures bounty and wild natural herbs being freely available to collect at ones leisure.It was one of the first books I read about the Forest Romanies along with other books by Dominic Reeve and Sven Berlin mentioned elswhere on my site. To think that now nearly 50 years later Juliette is still writing,and her friends the Gypsies of the New Forest are themselves the topic of many books and websites!
Juliette de Bairacli Levy, traveller, writer and champion of gypsy herbal medicines, is herself the greatest possible advertisement for her work. Juliette was born on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month, almost in 1911 (actually 1912) in Manchester, England. Her parents were Jewish - her mother from Egypt and her father from Turkey. Juliette was raised in a household with three sisters and two brothers, a nanny, chauffeur, maid and gardener. She was educated at Lowther College, one of the best girls schools in Britain, and went on to study veterinary medicine at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool. However, Juliette did not approve of the vivisection and animal experimentation that was going on in the universities in the name of science and health. So she left university after two years and went to study with the Gypsies and peasants of the world
All of Juliette's work has been based on her love for the animals. She first became famous in England for her cure of distemper; using fasting, garlic and honey. Prominent English families sought out Juliette's help to cure their animals. She had a clinic in London where she became well known for curing canine ailments. Veterinarians, including the appointed veterinarian to the royal family sent dogs to her for cures. It was during this time that she wrote the book, "A Cure for Canine Distemper". It was very popular and sold by the thousands. With the success of her first book she was able to fulfill her dream of moving to the country and raising her Turkaman Afghan hounds. One of her Afghans was voted best dog in the United States and appeared on the cover of Life Magazine. As a school girl, Juliette admired the gypsies and she continued to have contact with them throughout her life. She greatly respects their expertise in healing using simple cures that are highly successful.For the past many years Juliette has been coming to America every summer to give lectures, workshops and seminars on herbal medicine. In America she has become recognized as the grandmother of today's herbal renaissance. In 1998 at their HerbFest in Iowa, Frontier Herbs presented Juliette with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the herb world. Ash Tree Publishing is honored to offer to you three of her most popular books and her "Juliette of the Herbs" video Juliette has written many books and some of which are pictured below Pictures courtesy of AshTree Publishing
Faber and Faber, one of Juliette's publishers, say that for the past 50 years they have always received more inquiries about Juliette than about any of their other authors who include T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes and William Golding.