John Yeoman’s, ‘The Cunning Man: A Hippo Yeoman anthology’ is a great addition to your Kindle library. Whether you are a reader or a writer, the characters are likable and entertaining.
The main protagonist Hippocrates Yeoman is an apothecary who owns a shop in Basing Lane at the sign of the Unicorn, during the reign of Elizabeth I (circa 1597).
Basing Lane ran west from Bow Lane to Bread Street. ~Map of London
Within this eBook is seven, short historical mystery stories, all are set in the sixteenth century. Starting with ‘Thursday 25th, August 1597’ and bringing us through ‘October 1598.’
There is an eighth, bonus story. “The Tale Of The Aberrant Lord,” adapted from a fable written by the 15th century humorist Poggio Bracciolini.~ (Footnote #157 )
Throughout the book, the footnotes explain specific writing techniques. As you read, you can check out the footnotes and read how to implement the advice given- by reading the stories.
The amount of information in these pages can bring insight into your own writing, and editing. You will be in awe at the amount of creative writing information hidden inside this eBook.
Can you hear the author’s voice? Can you find the references to actual history? Maybe you can find a solecism.
The amount of history is impressive, look for the history behind the story. Read this eBook straight through then go back and read the footnotes. On your second reading, find the religious influences, medical practices and social influences, creativity and artistry of the sixteenth century. Can you find where the author weaved in:
- · Desiderius Erasmus ~ ‘The Praise of Folly.’
- · “Paris Gardens, on the south bank of the Thames”
- · “The Gardener’s Labyrinth.~ by Thomas Hill.”
- · “Adam Islip” ~’
Each footnote details the techniques linked to the story. There are 158 footnotes.
“‘Luce,’ I cried ‘bring the decanter. (Footnote#33)”
“#33. Note the Rule of Three. References to the wine occur three times here, closely together, to lay strong emphasis on its third mention – in this case, to achieve an effect of humour…” ~ John Yeoman. The Cunning Man
- Have you read ‘The Cunning Man: A Hippo Yeoman anthology’?
- What was your impression of this eBook?
- Did it help you with your writing?
John Yeoman has a PhD in creative writing and is the founder of ‘Writers Village’. His full title; Dr John Yeoman, MA Oxon, MA (Res), MPhil, PhD, FSRS
“MA Oxon : University of Oxford” is normally abbreviated “Oxon.”, which is short for Oxoniensis: e.g. MA, although within the university itself the abbreviation “Oxf” can be used “ ~
You can connect to Dr. John Yeoman, by clicking the links below:
The author has a mini-writing-course: the Wicked Writing club.