Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing the innovative new play, Letters to Emma by playwright Dr Carolyn Scott Jeffs at the Lichfield Garrick theatre. The play features the ‘Swan of Lichfield’, poet and biographer Anna Seward (1742-1809), an eighteenth-century author who was friends with Samuel Johnson, Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles), and James Boswell. […]

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Maladies and Medicine is now available Published on the 4th July Available from the publisher Pen & Sword Amazon.co.uk Widgets Save the Date! We are delighted to announce that the launch of Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health and Healing, 1540-1740 will take place at Loughborough University London (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park) on 9 August 2017 […]

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On Wednesday I attended the Association for Medical Humanities conference at the splendid Keele Hall, at Keele University. My presentation was focussed on some of the woodcut and copperplate images of the gravid womb which appeared in English language medical texts throughout the early modern period, and I thought I’d share some of these wonderful […]

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I was delighted to be asked back to North Manchester FM to chat to Hannah Kate presents Hannah’s Bookshelf every Saturday from 2-4 pm. In the first hour Jennifer Evans and Hannah had a discussion about her work and Jennifer chose her Apocalypse books (since I had chosen mine last time). In the second hour […]

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In 1655, Nicholas Culpeper’s The English Physitian was reissued. Culpeper died the year before, and this reissue was of a book first published at the end of 1652, in which Culpeper signed the address to his reader ‘Nich. Culpeper. Spittle-fields next door to the Red Lyon. Novemb. 1652’. In the days before house numbers properties were often […]

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In addition to my books academic or otherwise, I like to contribute articles to history periodicals. I have been writing for Discover Your Ancestors since 2013. Go to their website to read more (discoveryourancestors.co.uk). This is an annual publication, and I always look forward to seeing my pieces come out in this magazine (or bookazine […]

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I was delighted to be asked back to Andrea Zuvich’s ‘The Seventeenth Century Lady’ blog for a short chat about anachronisms and bloopers in works of historical fiction. You can read our conversation here. Andrea’s latest book A Year in the Life of Stuart Britain (2016) is available to buy in hardback or on Kindle

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This morning over on Early Modern Medicine, Jennifer (@HistorianJen) and I were delighted to be able to announce that our book Maladies and Medicines: Exploring Health and Healing, 1540-1740 is now available to pre-order from a number of retailers. See our blog earlymodernmedicine.com for links to some of the best pre-order offers. The book is […]

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