Anne Keener

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Lord of the Fruit Flies

Lord of the Fruit Flies

March, 1640 Prague   Jan Novak squirmed in his seat during the early morning service, asking God for forgiveness for what he was about to do. Reflexively, he patted the small satchel under his cloak and checked that his bag was still next to him. Bright sunlight...
A Printer’s Dream

A Printer’s Dream

Amsterdam September, 1633   Louis Elzevir noticed a shadow over his shoulder as he finished the last bit of goldwork on the exquisite, red-leather bound tome he had been laboring over for weeks. The twenty-nine-year-old journeyman had slaved over this volume;...
Stolen Reputations

Stolen Reputations

Leiden, June 1634   Bonaventure Elzevir was a happy man as he bustled towards the bookshop nestled in the grounds of Leiden University which he owned with his nephew Abraham. The high sun shone down on Bonaventure’s stylish black breeches and doublet, white...