Lady Fanshawe's Receipt Book
An Englishwoman's Life During the Civil War
In the mid 17th century, England was riven by bloody civil war. For Ann Fanshawe, married to a Royalist diplomat, it was a time of insecurity and danger. Throughout the turmoil, she kept a leather-bound book full of ink-stained recipes for everything from life-saving remedies to hot chocolate. That volume forms the basis for this account of her attempts to keep a household together in the face of adversity, and her passionate devotion to the Stuart cause.
The Private Lives of the Tudors
Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
The six wives of Henry VIII and the virginity of Elizabeth I are the stuff of popular history, but the lives of the Tudor monarchs away from the public eye are little known. Drawing on contemporary correspondence and eyewitness accounts, this book takes us into their kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms to reveal the fabric of their daily lives: what they ate, what they wore, how they worshipped, whom they loved and how they gave birth.