From the Author
Brewing was a female task, with many women making a living as alewives selling from their houses. When I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on "The Changing Role of Inns and Ale Houses in English Rural Society," I never suspected I would get to use the information for writing a book.
Lucy brews so frequently because beer and ale (there is a difference) did not last. An anonymous source from Saxon times wrote "after two days only the bravest or silliest men of the village would drink the ale, but usually it was only fit for pigs." I planned to brew some myself but decided against it, partly because I suspected I'd end up very drunk or very ill and partly because an acquaintance told me I'd need a much bigger bucket!
As always the story has a theme song. Roger chose "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meat Loaf."