- The Herbal Bed is based on actual events which occurred in Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, when William Shakespeare's eldest daughter Susanna was publicly accused of having a sexual liaison with Rafe Smith, a married neighbour and family friend.
- Despite a recanting by her accuser, the young Jack Lane, the following month Susanna sues for slander in the court of Worcester Cathedral.
- Susanna's husband, the respected physician of Stratford John Hall, is desperate for her to clear her name in order to save his practice and he gives her his complete support - but how can he avoid the fact that one summer's night while he was away from Stratford, Rafe Smith was seen secretly leaving their herbal garden?
- Faced with political divisions within the church, the hearing in the bishop's court becomes a risky gamble as three people's private lives are held up to the glare of intense public scrutiny in this emotional thriller whose outcome is anything but certain.
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