Five Things Marci Jefferson Didn’t Know She Needed to Know Before Writing her Novel
The second author guest in my new series of posts telling us THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW I’D NEED TO KNOW BEFORE WRITING MY NOVEL is Marci Jefferson. Her novel GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN takes us to London in the Seventeenth Century.
Stephanie, thank you for the opportunity to visit your blog today to talk about researching historical novels. Though I am a nurse by day, my love for history drove me to study it independently for many years. Nevertheless, when the idea for GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN struck me, I didn’t know I had years of research ahead of me! I set to work and, looking back, there were some surprises. Here are five of them:
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[expand title=”2) How does small-pox feel?“]Very terribly unpleasant. It begins with fever, aching, and vomiting for four days, then a rash of open sores develops in your mouth. The rash spreads to your body and turns into painful raised bumps that feel like pebbles under the skin. They fill with fluid, and the fever returns. The sores eventually crust and form scabs. After these scab fall off, you are considered no longer contagious. If you live.[/expand]
[expand title=”3) Did they or did they not bathe in late seventeenth century London?“]The answer depends upon the rank of the person. Diarist Samuel Pepys was a British commoner, and was wary to wash lest he take a chill. But archaeological evidence shows that Whitehall Palace had bathing chambers with heated stoves, sunken tubs, and drainage pipes. The courtiers certainly bathed. Any maid of honor found to be stinky was made fun of in satirical poetry.[/expand]