March 28, 2012 1:56 pm by

I was recently invited to write a post for the Hoydens and Firebrands website, which is full of fascinating articles about life in the seventeenth century. I chose to write about Nicholas Barbon, a property speculator out to make his fortune immediately after the Great Fire of London. He was the archetypal property developer; the…

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March 22, 2012 8:33 pm by

This charming drawing was sent to me by 11 year old Emilie Buckingham who read and enjoyed The Apothecary’s Daughter, whilst finding out about the plague for her school homework. Set in the old apothecary shop, Emilie shows the walls lined with gallypots and little drawers of herb and remedies. Susannah, looking rather solemn, no…

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