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Lady Fanshawe's Receipt Book: The Life and Times of a Civil War Heroine

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  5 reviews

'Fascinating... A vivid account' Philippa Gregory, The Times

'Moore's prose is witty. Her book is full of arresting detail and thoughtful comment' Sunday Times

'An enchanting, idiosyncratic Tardis of a book, peppered with good humour' Daily Telegraph

In the mid seventeenth century, England was divided by war and bloodshed. Torn apart by rival factions, father opposed so

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Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published November 2nd 2017 by Atlantic Books
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Elizabeth St.John
A compelling read, beautifully written with meticulous research and attention to detail. Ms Moore perfectly blends authoritative facts with an empathetic narrative, bringing to life Lady Fanshawe, her family, and her life and times. Through the challenges of civil war, the unsettling finances of an exiled court, and the triumph and tragedy of simply trying to survive, Ann Fanshawe is an unforgettable and inspiring woman. Once started, I couldn't put the book down. And now that I've finished it, ...more
Louise Culmer
An interesting book about a lady who lived through one of the most turbulent periods in english history, the English (or, more accurately, British) Civil War. The book centers around her Receipt book, a collection of recipes for food and medicines, which were typically compiled by ladies and passed on to their daughters. One of the main duties of a housewife in those days was to make home remedies for illness so she could treat any ailments of family members, since doctors were few and far betwe ...more
Hannah
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing mix of civil war history, women's history and the history of folk remedies. I liked the way that the author analysed the remedies to determine why they might have worked or not worked. Well researched, with a large cast of historical figures (which she does provide a list of at the end). Ann Fanshawe lived a fascinating (if tragic life).
Jo
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ann Fanshawe and her husband supported the king during the civil wars and this meant a lot of travelling around Europe in exile. This wonderful non-fiction book takes Lady Fanshawe's receipt (or recipe) book as its basis to tell the story of this incredible woman and the times she lived in. Very well-written and thoroughly interesting.
Helen Hollick
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lucy Moore was born in 1970 and educated in Britain and the United States before reading history at Edinburgh University. She is the editor of Con Men and Cutpurses: Scenes from the Hogarthian Underworld, and author of the critically acclaimed The Thieves Opera: The Remarkable Lives and Deaths of Jonathan Wild, Thief-Taker, and Jack Sheppard, House-Breaker (Viking 1996) as well as Amphibious Thing ...more