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Ten Cunning Methods of Poisoning by Karen Maitland

Posted on: 17/08/2016 with tags: author blog piece, karen maitland, poison, Wicked Children, Medieval, Tudor

The obvious method of poisoning someone was to add the toxin to the victim’s food or drink, but it was not always possible, especially when the rich and powerful employed food tasters and the poisoner might not have access to the kitchens or if he did, would immediately be suspected. So the successful poisoners of history had to come up more ingenious ways to get the poison into their victims. Killing Ointment – This was made from arsenic, vitriol, baby’s fat, bat’s blood and hemlock and was int…

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Seeking the soul of a city: Robyn Young on Florence

Posted on: 08/07/2016 with tags: robyn young, Sons of the Blood, War of the Roses, Tudor

Robyn Young takes us on a research trip through the streets of Florence. The air is sultry and swarming with insects, the sky simmering with storm, as I step off the plane in Florence’s Peretola Airport, formerly known as Amerigo Vespucci after one of the city’s famous sons – the merchant voyager whose name was given to the newly discovered Americas in 1507. I’m on a research trip for Court of Wolves, the second novel in my New World Rising series. Much of the action will take place here in Flor…

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Robyn Young introduces Henry VII, father of the Tudors.

Posted on: 27/06/2016 with tags: Henry VII, robyn young, Tudor, War of the Roses

Robyn Young introduces us to the incredible figure of Henry VII, father of the Tudors. Out in the Channel the boat lurched over another wave and plunged down, salt spray lashing the men fighting grimly to stay on course. The September sky was dark with storm. Strong winds had whipped the seas wild, raging around the beleaguered vessel, forcing it further and further west. Among the boat’s small crew, was Jasper Tudor, former Earl of Pembroke and a son of Catherine of Valois, widowed queen of Hen…

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Alice Morley reviews Katherine of Aragon

Posted on: 27/06/2016 with tags: alison weir, katherine of aragon, Six Tudor Queens, Tudor

In this month’s H for History review, team member Alice Morley reviews Alison Weir’s mighty new History has not been kind to Katherine of Aragon. Her image, in most people’s minds is of the frumpy, foreign, Catholic first wife of Henry VIII, rightly supplanted by the far more glamorous Anne Boleyn.Alison Weir has rescued Katherine from this spectacularly. Her Katherine – who we meet when she first arrives in England – is young, beautiful, intelligent and gracious. After her brief marriage to Art…

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