How refreshing to be able to read a good selection of stories with historical themes. There was excellent reading in each. I enjoyed discovering the characters, several of whom are still there in the memory several weeks later. The Pearl of Blenheim, the unfortunate Axel von Fersen, Mistress Suttell of Poplar... with many others, all come to life on the page. But (a seventeenth century setting is always appealing!) Jacob, stoically enduring the Little Ice Age, and struggling with terrible choices beside the Thames without losing his humanity in the process, is to me the most memorable. My fingers burned with cold in sympathy!