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Halitosis and friends….

The Early Moderns were not big on baths. These were the people of the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, the Witch Craze, the Inquisition, and they did not smell very nice.   In fact, perfume was big among the early moderns—not to make themselves smell good, but rather to mask the smell of others around them. Elizabeth I only bathed once a month. She was sixteenth-century; the seventeenth century was worse. Water was not viewed as a reliable means to cleanliness. It was, in fact, downright hazardous to one’s health. Medical opinion of the day held that a thick layer of...

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Start with a Biography……

Okay. First, introductions: my name is Heather. I write historical fiction. I’ve been doing it for about ten years. I am a pretty good writer, and an excellent researcher—too excellent in fact, and yes, there is such a thing. More on that later. For now, I’ll just tell you that it is probably the main reason why I am not yet published (“yet” being my operative word here). So what can an unpublished writer of historical fiction do for you? Well, I can teach you what I know about research, which is a lot. I have four degrees in history,...

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