By Holly Tucker
“Excellent.... Tucker’s chronicle of the realm of 17th-century technology in London and Paris is fascinating.” —The Economist
In December 1667, maverick doctor Jean Denis transfused calf’s blood into considered one of Paris’s such a lot infamous madmen. Days later, the madman used to be useless and Denis used to be framed for homicide. A riveting exposé of the fierce debates, lethal politics, and cutthroat rivalries at the back of the 1st transfusion experiments, Blood paintings takes us from dissection rooms in palaces to the streets of Paris, supplying an unforgettable portrait of an period that wrestled with an analogous questions on morality and experimentation that hang-out scientific technological know-how this day.
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His knowledge of Kenya’s topography, of the idiosyncrasies of its tribes and elderly settlers – contemporaries of his father with whom I was so familiar from my own research – convinced me that he had a brilliant memory and eye for detail. I checked the details of what he told me about the battalions moved into Kenya for the preparation of the Abyssinian campaign and found these were accurate. Tony was even able to provide me with the reason why during the war the RAF had been stationed at Wilson Airfield rather than Eastleigh, the newly built aerodrome.
But that was not the end of the story. In 1594 James marched north to supervise in person the burning of Slains Castle, reducing it to a ruin and giving rise to the differentiation between ‘Old Slains’ and ‘New Slains’ used by the Erroll family ever since. After the destruction of Old Slains, the Errolls moved seven miles away, north-east of Cruden Bay, where Francis initiated the mammoth construction project that was to be their next castle. The 10th Earl was dismissed – possibly unfairly – as extravagant.
Two cuttings from an acquaintance, who’d sent them to me purely because they were connected with Kenya, were to prove surprisingly useful. 12 The second cutting was from the author J. N. P. Watson, a cousin of Dickie Pembroke, a friend of Erroll’s who had been infatuated with Diana. Pembroke had fired the young Watson’s imagination about the Erroll murder and, as a result, Watson had tracked down and befriended a former superintendent in the Kenya Police, Colin Imray, by then living in the south of England, who shared his keen interest in the subject.