Victoria, daughter of an 18th century Spanish duke, has lived her whole life shut away from the outside world in the medieval fortress of the Alcazar. Her younger sisters are forbidden to marry, so they sneak out to wild bacchanals with commoners, while her older sister Bella has endured years of hardship for honestly stating how things are in Spain. Victoria, as an accomplished liar, seems set for a smooth ride--until a mysterious killer causes Bella to disappear. When it is discovered resurgent Moors plotting against the Spanish throne are behind the disappearance, Victoria has little time to find and save her sister. But is Bella really the one in danger after all?
After a brief historical introduction and a description of a Victorian chemist and druggist's shop, this book describes and illustrates many of the items used and sold there. Most of the dispensing equipment and containers for the drugs used are now obsolete and appear from time to time in antique shops and at collectors' fairs. Articles sold over the counter included medicines, perfumes and toiletries and a wide variety of objects used in the sickroom or nursery. The book also contains a chapter on medical and surgical instruments and will help in the identification of the medical bygones which were in everyday use in the nineteenth century.. About the author W. A. Jackson MSc is the Honorary Curator of Collections in the Medical School of the University of Manchester