Conn Iggulden manages to turn in a decent historical fiction account setting the stage for the English War of the Roses (i.e. the 1st English Civil WaConn Iggulden manages to turn in a decent historical fiction account setting the stage for the English War of the Roses (i.e. the 1st English Civil War). From the tone and portrayal of Richard, Duke of York and his wife, the reader can see which side he favors which dries up some enthusiasm for the story. Need to go back and check what Sharon Kay Penman has done in this era....more
Wilona is a survivor. She survived the loss of her whole village while a child and made a place as a healer, midwife and devotee of the old gods in NoWilona is a survivor. She survived the loss of her whole village while a child and made a place as a healer, midwife and devotee of the old gods in Northumbria during the reign of King Edwin. Then enters Egan, an otherworldly monk who has a hard time coping with the world. the two manage to keep each other sane when their world falls apart with the defeat of King Edwin at the hands of Cadwallon and Penda. After listening to Jamie Jeffers on the British History Podcast for the past several years, I knew what was coming, but was pleased and surprised at the detail that Lauren Davis worked into the story to provide the details that make a tale live. Will keep my eyes peeled for more by her!...more
I got hooked on Rosemary Sutcliff in grad school while taking a children's literature course. While The Lantern Bearers is not my favorite, it does prI got hooked on Rosemary Sutcliff in grad school while taking a children's literature course. While The Lantern Bearers is not my favorite, it does provide an interesting look at the transition of Roman/Britain control to Anglo-Saxon control. The author always lets the small stories reveal the big picture. This reader then wants to go and find out what happened next, thus my subscription to The British History podcast. ...more
Hardcastle and Marriott investigate a murder that links to two similar murders elsewhere in London. When the housemaid disappears to the seaside, murdHardcastle and Marriott investigate a murder that links to two similar murders elsewhere in London. When the housemaid disappears to the seaside, murder follows and so does the Scotland Yard. In the end, attention to details and lucky breaks allow them to catch their man. Greed leads to murder and no one is immune to the allure of wanting more than one has. Interesting series. Will have to see how it goes after the war is over....more
Peter Marren did a decent job of discussing a number of battles during the Dark Ages of Britain from the Saxon "invasion" up to the time of Aethelred.Peter Marren did a decent job of discussing a number of battles during the Dark Ages of Britain from the Saxon "invasion" up to the time of Aethelred. Unfortunately, the book stops abruptly without a conclusion or summation. A quicker read then I thought it would be. ...more
When I saw this book on the New Book shelf at my local public library, I had to pick it up. We subscribe to The British History podcast with Jamie JefWhen I saw this book on the New Book shelf at my local public library, I had to pick it up. We subscribe to The British History podcast with Jamie Jeffers, so a book on Anglo-Saxon kings and this time frame was right up my alley. Reading the book let me know that the author had paid attention to the known sources, he has done his homework as he should since he has written a non-fiction history of the period.
The story of Edwin is well written, opening in the midst of his exile and continuing to his death many years later. Albert uses Edwin to let the reader into the world of Northumbria in the Seventh Century working on bringing alive the stories that too few know. This is an enjoyable tale, I just hope future volumes are as well done....more
May and Bryant and the PCU crew get involved by their nemesis Oskar Kasavian in trying to find out what is going on with his wife i.e. why is she becoMay and Bryant and the PCU crew get involved by their nemesis Oskar Kasavian in trying to find out what is going on with his wife i.e. why is she becoming paranoid, and acting out in public. After chasing several red herrings, some of their own devising, the PCU crew manages to corral and arrest the witches, I mean the murders. In the end, Oskar did not do the deed, but he did suffer the consequences. I am sure that there will be further confrontations.
My wife started the book and was enjoying the style and characters until she realized that Sabira's situation in regard to fitting in was reminding her of past situations. She does plan to read others in the series. Enjoy where the PCU is appreciated....more
How well do you know your English history? Can you name the Princess of the House of York that united with the House of Lancaster to help found the TuHow well do you know your English history? Can you name the Princess of the House of York that united with the House of Lancaster to help found the Tudor dynasty? If you can't or even if you can, you will enjoy Alison Weir's telling the tale of Elizabeth of York. One caveat, the subtitle is key to the book. This is not just a biography of Elizabeth, it is a telling of her story in the world she lived in.
Alison Weir writes precisely the tale of Elizabeth, providing plenty of background on the time and locations. She details and documents settings, costs, clothing, food, and actions. She speculates in relation to Richard the III in regard to his motivations and actions, but appropriately labels what is known and what may be inferred from the evidence. She is not afraid to discuss controversial material, specifically regarding the Princes in the Tower of London, although she does follow convention in regard to the description of Bosworth Field.
Overall, this birth to death examination of Queen Elizabeth produces a rounded picture of a woman that helped launch the modern world by bringing legitimacy to Henry VII, birth to Henry VIII, and giving a name to two English monarchs. Enjoy reading Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World...more
The King's Grave is two short, intertwined books sharing a common cover. The authors alternate chapters with Philippa Langley focusing on the search fThe King's Grave is two short, intertwined books sharing a common cover. The authors alternate chapters with Philippa Langley focusing on the search for the grave and Michael Jones the history of Richard III.
Philippa Langley opens the book by laying out how she became obsessed with Richard III. She takes the reader with her as she walks the car parks in Leicester and experiences the feeling that she is standing on Richard III's grave. The whole process of arranging the funding, getting the permissions, finding archeologists willing to conduct the dig, etc. is all detailed. Philippa Langly provides an immersive experience for the reader as she attends the dig, with all the emotions of finding bodies, disappointment regarding dating and placement, the thrill of possible identification and finally the acknowledgement that Richard III had been found and seeing the reconstruction of his features.
Micheal Jones provides a more scholarly tone to the book with his chapters on the life and death of Richard III. He provides a setting for Richard's life, placing him in his time rather than viewing him in isolation. He takes the time to walk the reader briefly through Richard's life looking at the experiences that shaped and molded his character. Micheal Jones then sets the scene for Richard's taking the throne after the death of his brother. Richard III's brief reign is examined leading to the climax with the Battle of Bosworth Field. The chapter on the battle provides one of the clearest account I have read of the fight and clarifies how and probably why Richard III ended up a loser in the battle.
I found the two entwined tales interesting for the first-hand look at how archeology is done in modern England and the careful summarization of Richard III's life. The two appendices were the only disappointing part of the book. The first was an argument between the two authors regarding the fate of the princes in the Tower of London and Richard's role. The second is a summarization of an article on the psychological profile of Richard III which had appeared in the March 2013 issue of Richarian Bulletin. If you have an interest in Richard III or are intrigued by the finding of his grave in 2012, read The King's Grave to satisfy your itch for knowledge. ...more
Guy Halsall sets out to provide a cure-all for the books that purport to reveal "new" knowledge about King Arthur. Since the medieval times, tales andGuy Halsall sets out to provide a cure-all for the books that purport to reveal "new" knowledge about King Arthur. Since the medieval times, tales and stories of Arthur has grown until he is a cult figure starring in numerous books, movies and legends. But what is actually know is minimal. The sources from close to his time period provide little concrete information and, as Guy Halsall points out, are not the most credible of witness.
The book presents four worlds of Arthur. Part I is the world of post-Roman Britain leading into Anglo-Saxon Britain looking at the medieval sources that form so much a part of "pseudo-histories" of Arthur. Part II is a look at the present knowledge that scholars have of the medieval sources and archeological evidence of the period. Part II is an examination of how the writers of the "pseudo-histories" seek to avoid the evidence of scholars. Part IV is Guy Halsall using the evidence currently available to provide his take on Arthur.
Overall, Guy Halsall provides a scholarly, readable look at what is currently known about 5th century Britain. The book is recommended for academic and public libraries as well as for all readers wanting more than the latest pseudo-history on Arthur. ...more
Michael Wood undertook a weighty task and completed it. He used the tale of one location (Kibworth) near Leicester to tell the tale of England from fiMichael Wood undertook a weighty task and completed it. He used the tale of one location (Kibworth) near Leicester to tell the tale of England from first evidence up to an abbreviated 21st century. He gives a sense of life and people using all available resources (archaeological, written, DNA, etc.). He does a good job of using particulars to point to the whole story of England while allowing the particulars to point out the difference of this place from other locations. In all a very decent read....more