By Simon Hawke
Tourists, Will Shakespeare-a fledgling dramatist, and Symington Smythe, an ostler and aspiring thespian, meet at a roadside lodge and choose to forged their lot jointly for repute and fortune within the cutthroat international of the London theater in Elizabethan England . . . yet neither was once ready for his or her offstage come upon with A secret of blunders. while a backer's daughter is double-crossed by way of a would-be suitor, the reluctant bride turns to the ostler and the playwright for support. Little does a person become aware of that those easy affairs of the guts and an prepared marriage will result in an unlimited internet of conspiracy, fallacious identification, and homicide that unearths the playwright unique for assassination and the ostler hopelessly in love. yet such concerns are regimen in A secret of error, the place Shakespeare in Love meets the Brother Cadfael mysteries of Ellis Peters.
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These associations give the daffodil 44 Sorcery “By the Virtue of the Elements” T he Grimorium Verum, or Grimoire of Truth, was published in Rome in 1517. The author, known as Alibeck the Egyptian, brings together God, the stars, the elements, and other magical substances in a spell meant to conjure powerful spirits: I conjure thee . . by the authority of our Father God Almighty, by the virtues of Heaven and by the Stars, by the virtue of the Angels, and by the virtue of the Elements, by the virtues of the stones and herbs, and of snow-storms, winds and thunder: that thou now obtain all the necessary power into thyself for the pefectioning of the achievement of those things in which we are at present concerned!
This would heal the sick and pro- 54 Sorcery long life indefinitely. By pursuing the Philosopher’s Stone, alchemists sought immortality. “The Most Pure Gold” The search for a formula for the Philosopher’s Stone consumed the lives of innumerable sorcerers. One of the earliest descriptions of the substance comes from 1618. In De Natura Vitae Eternae (The Nature of Eternal Life), the alchemist and medical doctor Jean Baptista van Helmont writes: “I have seen and I have Well-schooled sorcerers pursued a higher calling than creating poisons and poppets.
They fed frogs and snakes highly toxic plants like foxglove and hemlock. After the creatures died they were dried near a fire. ”33 “The Composition of Death” Whether such a potion would actually have killed a person is unknown. Even so, it would have commanded a high price from those wishing to frighten, harass, or harm their foes. And some recipes were truly deadly. A formula from the 1555 Grand Grimoire called “The Composition of Death” contains a detailed recipe that consists of boiling highly noxious nitric acid and arsenic in a cauldron along with sawdust from oak bark, rose water, and other ingredients.
A Mystery of Errors (Shakespeare & Smythe, Book 1) by Simon Hawke