August 15, 2013 6:29 pm by

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 one of them would have a different story to tell. Katherine Finche, the spice merchant’s…

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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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