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Tidbits for History Writers: The Value of Spices

Veronica Bale's Blog

I have written before about how to work historical detail into your historical fiction. It’s one of my favourite subjects, in fact. I love those sparkling, seldom known tidbits that make a book both educational and fun. So I’ve decided to write about them in a series of posts. I hope you like them as much as I do.

If you love medieval history, then you know that spices were expensive. They were a status symbol, and for rich lords wanting to show off their wealth, spices flavoured everything … though we may think of certain flavour combinations as odd nowadays (I, too, love cloves, but I don’t necessarily think they should go in everything).

Thing is, from the way many historical fiction novels are written, we don’t quite get a sense of just how expensive spices were, and that is because they were in everything. Because they…

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Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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