Take as many fresh toads as you can find that are carrying poison. Gather white hellebore* and asphodels**. Pound the toads and herbs together and mix with vinegar and sublimated white sulphur. Drop iron into this mixture and you shall have silver.
*White hellebore is a highly toxic herb that was used in the Middle Ages as rodent poison.
**Asphodel is a Mediterranean plant known the Flower-of-the-Dead. It bears a candle-like spike of white flowers and was frequently planted around tombs, as the dead were thought to feed on the roots.
Karen Maitland’s e-short – THE DANGEROUS ART OF ALCHEMY is published on 13th August
Amy is responsible for the smooth running of the H for History website, and enjoys reading history-based fantasy. She also like to photograph sites of historical interest in her spare time with a cup of bovril and a pork pie for company. Favourite period of history: Ancient;
Favourite historical read: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave;
Upcoming book i'm most looking forward to: Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick
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