Books set in 17th C
In 17th-century England care for unwanted (often illegitimate) children is the responsiblity of the Parish which is often underfunded and ill-disposed.
The Windjammer family business is ruined when their fleet of merchant ships is destroyed, leaving them at the mercy of the bankers and unable to fulfil their obligations to their employees.
Juan is born into slavery in Seville, Spain in the early 1600s, and after the death of his mother when he is just five years old he becomes the pageboy of a wealthy Spanish lady, Emilia.
Based on what is known of the life and household of the Spanish painter Diego Velazquez, this is a sensitive fictional account of the life of Juan de Pareja, a black Spaniard and slave-cum-friend of the painter. Friendship, loyalty, mercy and generosity are beautifully illustrated, and issues of slavery and cruelty are explored with a modern understanding of their evil, but in a way that is not unbelievable in the story's context.
The Plague is brought to the Derbyshire town of Eyam in 1665 by a parcel of dress patterns sent up from London.
Lord Hunter travels on the Arctic Tern with a message of peace from Queen Elizabeth of England to the King of Spain.
Remorse at assisting in an evil act, however tempted; redemption by finding and punishing the person responsible.
Adventure, Historical, Seafaring, Spooky
Mary's grandmother is burnt as a witch in the mid 17th century.