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Sinéad Spearing

Medical Historian and Author

Sinead is a Medical Historian and author specialising in Old English folk-remedies and associated beliefs. She is the author of Old English Medical Remedies, A History of Women in Medicine and her novel The Witch of Tessingham Hall.  


Sinéad Spearing is a Medical Historian specialising in Old English folk-remedies and associated beliefs. She trained as a professional classical musician and music teacher before returning to university to study psychology and philosophy. Her books Old English Medical Remedies and A History of Women in Medicine emerged from her PhD and are based on church documents compiled by Bishop Bald of Winchester. Bishop Bald's manuscripts focused upon the indigenous healing practices and remedies of Anglo-Saxon England during a time when women attended the local communities with their herbal knowledge. Her novel The Witch of Tessingham Hall tells the story of these women healers and midwives who became wrongly caught up in the turmoil of the witch trials. Sinéad's work in this area has seen her invited to talk at The British Society of Pharmacology, The Old Operating Theatre Museum London with acclaimed reviews from Professor Duffin of The Natural History Museum. She has also written articles for PsychTalk of The British Psycological Society and Watkin's Magazine amoung others.   The efficacy of these healing women's remedies has recently been verified by the AncientBiotics team at Nottingham University when they discovered a remedy from Bishop Bald's manuscript cures MRSA where our modern antibiotics fail. 


The Witch of Tessingham Hall


England 1657. 

Alison, a folk- healer, stands falsely accused of murder by witchcraft, an allegation that sets in motion a powerful curse — “May your women forever wane!” — the spell haunting generations of her accuser’s family, sending their women early to their graves.

London 2022. 

Eden Flynn – an anxiety-ridden academic of Old English magic is invited for a job interview in the crypt of Southwark Cathedral, where her interviewer, the dashingly handsome geneticist Lord James Fabian, pulls her into the midst of his family secret: his sister is sick, and his daughter is showing signs of the same mental affliction.

Science has failed to find a cure, so with Eden’s help he hopes to pursue a different methodology — magic!

Together they re-enact an ancient Old English healing ritual that transports Eden back through time where she meets Alison, who reveals her destiny: only Eden can break the blood curse, curing James’s daughter and sending the true witch back to Hell.

Can Eden fulfil her part in the web which has been woven stronger and stronger over hundreds of years? Can she find the strength to break the bonds that bind her and Lord Fabian to the past? And can she live with the changes she will unleash?


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