Category: Historical posts

Farewell Schroedinger’s Gillian

One of my students pointed out last night that people could advance order my next book*. Another called it up on their computer, instantly. We rejoiced muchly, for it was the Beast, and had gone online with a temporary cover. This is how I discovered that Schroedinger’s Gillian is no longer. Finally, finally, I can …

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Seventeenth century recipes – testing zone

Finally, your recipes for this month. We’re starting a bit earlier than my novel’s setting, with recipes from The Compleat Cook and A Queen’s Delight (two of three books generally known as The Queens Closet Opened), published in 1655. I’m working from the Prospect edition, 1984. There will be a few more recipes from this …

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Questions

I know it’s not quite Chanukah yet, but my first Chanukah gift to everyone is an open question time from now until the end of Chanukah. I know a bunch of people are working on novels with background I might be able to help with (or give hints towards useful resources) so I’m starting a …

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Asking Historians About Food

This post first appeared on my Food History blog on 14/9/2007 I get asked about historical background for fiction by quite a few writers. I hear “I want a Renaissance/Medieval/Victorian dinner – tell me what to do” from an increasing number of people. It’s about time I explained certain basics. Sensible people take these basics …

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