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  • Location: Eyam

The Hemlock Cure

The Hemlock Cure

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1665:  the women of Eyam keep many secrets.


  • ISBN: B08XX9R6MR
  • Genre: Gothic, Historical, Inspired by true events

What you need to know before your trail

Isabel Frith, the village midwife, walks a dangerous line with her herbs and remedies. There are men in the village who speak of witchcraft, and Isabel has a past to hide. So she tells nobody her fears about Wulfric, the pious, reclusive apothecary.

Mae, Wulfric’s youngest daughter, dreads her father’s rage if he discovers what she keeps from him. Like her feelings for Rafe, Isabel’s ward, or the fact that she studies from Wulfric’s books at night.

But others have secrets too. Secrets darker than any of them could have imagined.

When Mae makes a horrifying discovery, Isabel is the only person she can turn to. But helping Mae will place them both in unimaginable peril.

And meanwhile another danger is on its way from London. One that threatens to engulf them all . . .

Travel Guide

Eyam  – the real life ‘plague village’

Eyam is a small village in England which lies within the Peak District National Park. It is well known as ‘the plague village’ due to the collective act of self-sacrifice the villagers made during an outbreak of the bubonic plague in 1665/1666, when they chose to isolate themselves to prevent the infection spreading to neighbouring villages and the wider community..

Mompesson’s well  – this was used along with the boundary stone for the villagers of Eyam to exchance money for food with other villages. The well was also used to show where the village boundaries where. Vinegar was used to disinfect the coins, which would be left by the villagers of Eyam in exchange for food and medicine.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Hemlock Cure

Destination/Location: Eyam   Author: Joanne Burn  Departure: 1665

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