The honors keep rolling in!

The Colorado Independent Publishers Association recently honored The Wisdom of the Flock: Franklin and Mesmer in Paris with their prestigious EVVY award for 2021. TWOTF was voted the #1 book in the Historical Fiction category at this year’s EVVY’s. My sincere thanks to CIPA for this honor. And a big shout out to Kirsten Jensen…

Mesmer and Mesmerism

Mesmer and Mesmerism Franz Anton Mesmer (May 23, 1734 – March 5, 1815) trained as a physician in Vienna. He was strongly influenced by the experiments of Maximillian Hell (the astronomer and Jesuit priest) on the effects of magnets on the human body.  Mesmer theorized that there exists a force (or fluid – as it…

Hôtel de Valentinois

Ben’s home for almost the entire time that he was in France was the home of Jacques and Marie-Thérèse Leray in Passy.  He was an aristocrat and prominent businessman with connections to the Court of King Louis XVI. She was from a noble background, mother of their five children, and homemaker at the estate.  They…