Monthly Archives: October 2013

Shroud-eaters, vampires and plague doctors

In 2007, rare evidence of a ‘vampire burial’ was discovered near Venice. A 16th century skeleton was found, lying on its back, with a brick firmly wedged between its jaws. The skeleton was identified as that of a 60-year old … Continue reading

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Survival against the odds: Canterbury’s medieval guest-house

Medieval pilgrims have featured prominently in my writing this year. First, there was William of Perth, the mysterious Scottish baker who shot to fame as Rochester’s patron saint and provided the inspiration for my story The Baker’s Boy. The research … Continue reading

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