The Favored Child: A Novel (Wideacre, Book 2) by Philippa Gregory

By Philippa Gregory

From number 1 New York Times bestselling writer and "queen of royal fiction" (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory comes the exciting sequel to the New York Times bestseller Wideacre because the once-great Lacey property is restored to its former grandeur—though no longer with no cost.
The Wideacre property is bankrupt. The villagers live in poverty and previously wonderful corridor is a smoke-blackened break. yet, within the Dower condominium within sight, young children are being raised in safe innocence.

Equal claimants to the property, opponents for the affection of the village, they're tied via a mystery formative years betrothal yet forbidden to marry. just one should be the popular child—only you could inherit the mystical figuring out among the land and the Lacey kin which may make the Sussex village develop eco-friendly back. just one will be Beatrice Lacey's actual inheritor. Sensual, gripping, and mystical, The favourite Child irresistibly sweeps the reader right into a global of secrets and techniques, betrayals, and tool during this innovative interval of English historical past.

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Their goal was the practice of alchemy, or the ability to transform lead into silver or gold. The key to alchemy, according to ideas introduced in the tenth century, was a magical substance called the Philosopher’s Stone. Because it consisted of fine particles, this substance was not really a stone but a powder. For this reason the Philosopher’s Stone was sometimes referred to by sorcerers as the powder of projection. The strength of the Philosopher’s Stone was based on the nowdiscredited belief that all matter is composed of identical atoms.

As Levi writes: “There are two kinds of Necromancy, that of light and that of darkness—the evocation [of the dead] by Prayer, Pentacle and Perfumes, and the evocation by blood, imprecations and sacrilege [curses and disrespect]. We . . ”38 “The Carcasses of the Slain” Did You Know? Ancient Romans described spirits called larvae, creatures with hideous facial features that tortured the dead in the underworld. 62 Sorcery The methods of necromancy developed by the early Greeks and Romans survived for centuries with little variation, and the purpose of talking to the dead remained the same in every era.

While the desire for gold was strong, the quest for the Philosopher’s Stone went beyond satisfying the greed of the sorcerer. It was thought that the Philosopher’s Stone could also rearrange the atoms in the human body. This would heal the sick and pro- 54 Sorcery long life indefinitely. By pursuing the Philosopher’s Stone, alchemists sought immortality. “The Most Pure Gold” The search for a formula for the Philosopher’s Stone consumed the lives of innumerable sorcerers. One of the earliest descriptions of the substance comes from 1618.

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