Title: Viper Wine
Author: Hermione Eyre
Publication Date: 14 April 2015
Derscription, by Lucy Scholes [The Guardian]: "Despite her husband's protestations to the contrary, the ravages of time (and lead) are clearly visible on Venetia Stanley's face. A beauty once "more spoken of than seen, like a great sight of nature, a cave or a crystal", the poet Ben Jonson's muse and Van Dyck's famed subject, she signs a Faustian pact with the apothecary Lancelot Choice for his notorious viper wine, the dangerous potion behind the plump cheeks, dilated pupils and general air of wantonness observed in the ladies of Charles I's court.