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Ten Interesting Facts About Life in Seventeenth Century

Ten Interesting Random Facts About Life in Seventeenth Century

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Q & A with Maeva, Spanish publishers of The Apothecary’s Daughter

First off, Charlotte, we’d like to get to know you better as a writer: what inspires you? It’s hard to be precise because inspiration comes from many places; reading a newspaper, hearing a family story, a girl in a red

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Rebuilding After The Great Fire

When I finished writing The Apothecary’s Daughter I couldn’t free my mind of the picture of the Great Fire of London sweeping through the city and destroying everything in its path. Thousands of people’s lives were changed forever and every

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Christmas in 1687

Christmas is nearly upon us and I’m busy making mince pies, wrapping presents and looking forward to a glass of mulled wine by the fireside. If you’re feeling Christmassy and have a moment to relax with a glass of mulled

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Nicholas Barbon – C17th Property Developer

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

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Potpourri

  Traces of rose-petal pot pourri have been found in excavations of ancient Egypt and making sweet-scented pot pourri in the still room was a pleasurable task for the seventeenth century housewife. The still room was an important part of

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Christmas Day 1665

Since Christmas is nearly here I thought you might like to read an excerpt from The Apothecary’s Daughter, which takes place on Christmas Day 1665, the year of the plague. Christmas day dawned fair and clear. Susannah scraped the ice

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Domestic Servants in the Seventeenth Century

All but the poorest households employed servants, who usually lived in, sleeping in attics, kitchens and basements. Pay was low but included their keep and often their clothing. Work was hard and hours long. A maid would often have to

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The Plague Comes to Town

If only they’d had antibiotics in the seventeenth century, the course of Susannah’s life in The Apothecary’s Daughter would have been very different. Scientists have recently mapped the genetic code of bacteria obtained from an ancient plague pit in East

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Charlotte Betts Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up. She lives with her husband in a cottage in the woods on the borders of Hampshire and Berkshire.

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