Recently a student asked why my novel was called 'First Vial'.
Immediately beneath CHAPTER 1 I have quoted a verse from the Bible. "And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore."
In the middle ages a frightened populace referred to the plague as 'noisome' and this biblical passage seemed to fit that description. The verse spoke of the first of seven vials being poured out on the earth and carrying an awful sore similar to the black plague. As much of what happens in the novel is as a result of the plague sweeping over England, I thought it was an appropriate title.