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"Mercurius": Latin for Mercury (Hermes); considered the god of tradesmen and thieves; a common masthead for a 17th century newspaper
"Istoria": Greek for history

Greetings, 17th century enthusiast

Spring is in the air, a time of rejuvenation and renewal. This is the time to clear out the cobwebs of winter and embrace change.

This month's selection of articles focuses on a bit of spring cleaning and turning over a new leaf.

Curating 17th century articles...

Happy New Year! March 25th was considered to be the official New Year in the 17th century. Find out why in one of my articles, A Practical New Year

The gardening season is upon us. This is the time when gardeners comb through catalogues of seeds and start planning their garden. In this article written for English Historical Authors Blog, Margaret Porter takes us through spring-time garden activities in the 17th and 18th centuries. Check out her excellent article, Garden guide for spring

Spring cleaning is an onerous chore at the best of times, but have you considered what it was like before our modern conveniences? Fortunately, we have the Duke of Bedford's housekeeper to give us an insight into the big clean in anticipation of the Duke's arrival in his London home. Washing and cleaning for a Duke.

A 17th Century Tableau

A wonderful glimpse of 17th century life can be found in the work of Johannes Vermeer. The Dutch master captured images of his household and domestic chores. Here are some fine examples. 

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