The Herbal Bed
‘Love changes us. Love’s alchemy! In that furnace everything changes. Hard stone shatters, iron goes soft and turns to liquid… and so do we…. in love’s fire!’
In an atmosphere of intense religious puritanism of the early 17th century, Susanna Hall is publicly accused of adultery with her neighbour and family friend Rafe Smith. Her husband, Dr John Hall, urges her to sue for slander in the court of Worcester Cathedral to save the family’s reputation and his practice as a distinguished physician.
But how can she explain why Smith was seen leaving the herbal garden late one night when the doctor was away from home? The events of that fateful night are held up to the most searching scrutiny in this gripping thriller.