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Greeting from the Antipodes

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Greg
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Greeting from the Antipodes

Post by Greg » Fri April 1st, 2011, 3:08 am

Let me introduce myself first with a confession. I have this terrible addiction to… to well I must admit it Historical Fiction! I know what they say diversify, try something else and I have really, Mystery, Thrillers, Vampires, Speculative even combinations, but still its no good! I’m hooked and no matter what I read all too soon I have reach for that copy of Dorothy Dunnett or Lindsay Davis. So you see I’m doomed! I can’t get enough!
That’s probably why I started writing my own novels set in that delightful period of treachery and religious confusion so recently portrayed on the TV, The Tudors. The tumultuous reign of Henry VIII in particular. What’s more like my more modern namesake I have a fascination for period medicine. Though rather the dubious world of coldly impersonal mechanics that is contemporary medicine I prefer the richer, diverse earthy world of Tudor medicine! Yee haw bring on the leeches, a bit of bleeding to balance the humours, certainly! Perhaps good sir your melancholy is brought on by an excess of black bile, an emetic may help? Laudable pus in the wound? No problems, it’s a promising sign, really trust me I’m a physician. Hmm, you did say you were a goldsmith didn’t you? Well excellent, excellent, this course of purgatives is maybe a trifle expensive with the cinnamon bark, ginger and pepper corns but so worth the results! As for amputation no worries, I made all the tools myself, I’ve even cleaned them with aqua fortis since the last operation on that gangrenous leg of Benson the nightsoil carter. What, how it did go? Very successfully, it was such a neat piece of work, hardly needed the surgeon’s assistants to hold him down at all after the first minute. What he died! That’s a slander good sir, Benson lasted a fortnight before succumbing to a mild fever! As you know good sir the good lord can call us at any time it was so with poor Benson. Now if he’d followed my prescription no doubt Death would have been fended off…Ahh about my fee…?
For more Tudor amusement visit me at;
Blogging on the Tudors at http://rednedtudormysteries.blogspot.com/

Blogging on History and contemporary events at http://prognosticationsandpouting.blogspot.com/

Regards Greg

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Post by boswellbaxter » Fri April 1st, 2011, 3:14 am

Welcome, Greg! Glad to have you here.
Susan Higginbotham
Coming in October: The Woodvilles


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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri April 1st, 2011, 4:40 am

Good sir, have you a physician's flask suspended from your neck? And have you sampled the various bodily products to determine the humorous balance? Be you welcome here, for laughter doeth good like a medicine, and is of a certain less lethal than some of thy practices.

Greg
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Tudor Medical Practices

Post by Greg » Fri April 1st, 2011, 4:56 am

I have indeed, and read my Galen and to quote my learned master-
When the ffesicayn commythe, he is full of purpose for to gyfe medycyns the whiche scholde be cawse of his helthe

Regards Greg

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Post by parthianbow » Fri April 1st, 2011, 5:07 am

Welcome, Greg. HFO is a very cool place to hang out. I'll be sure to check out your blog. Forgive me if I don't let you near me with your instruments, though! :)
Ben Kane
Bestselling author of Roman military fiction.
Spartacus - UK release 19 Jan. 2012. US release June 2012.

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Fri April 1st, 2011, 8:45 am

Welcome, Greg! I hope you enjoy it here.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Post by Madeleine » Fri April 1st, 2011, 9:26 am

HI Greg and welcome.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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Post by EC2 » Fri April 1st, 2011, 10:01 am

Welcome to the forum Greg!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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Post by Misfit » Fri April 1st, 2011, 11:52 am

Hi Greg, welcome aboard.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Post by David Ross Erickson » Fri April 1st, 2011, 1:14 pm

Welcome Greg! Look forward to seeing your novels. Just make sure they're available on Kindle please!

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