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Caligula: The Corruption of Power
3.75
Anticipating a bawdy read in the tradition of the BBC miniseries "I, Claudius", imagine my disappointment when I discovered that this scholarly tome i ...more
Nov 08, 2010
Jun 09, 2009
 
Cleopatra: A Life
3.61
I really enjoyed this book. The author is very up front about the lack of original sources and any personal accounts, but has based her conjectures on ...more
Aug 18, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
The Last Mrs. Astor: A New York Story
3.34
Brooke Astor certainly had an interesting life, and the author wrote glowing panegyric to her in this book. A little more critical thought would have ...more
Apr 15, 2009
Apr 02, 2009
 
Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe
3.82
This history of four sisters who influenced 13th century Europe really brought the period to life for me. In addition to the historical notes and even ...more
Mar 30, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
 
Charlemagne
3.44
This biography of Charlamagne was pretty interesting. I picked it up on a whim at the library because I didn't know much about him. Still don't as the ...more
Sep 11, 2008
Sep 09, 2008
 
My Lady Scandalous: The Amazing Life and Outrageous Times of Grace Dalrymple Elliott, Royal Courtesan
3.20
There appears to be very little source material on the life of Grace Elliott, but the author made good use of what does exist. She buttresses the some ...more
Nov 02, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
 
Princesse of Versaille
4.14
A tremendously detailed look at the life of Marie Adelaide. While quite interesting in some respects, the detail overwhelmed me in others. I would hav ...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 04, 2009
 
Charlotte And Leopold: The True Story Of The Original People's Princess
3.86
This was a really fascinating period in history, not only for what was going on globally, but because the people seemed so interesting themselves. Cha ...more
Dec 11, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
 
I, Livia: The Counterfeit Criminal--The Story of a Much Maligned Woman
4.00
It seemed like a very thorough examination of the Livia's life and how she's been perceived through the ages. I also really enjoyed the sections of th ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Jun 08, 2009
 
Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor
4.00
I found this a pretty interesting book, and a good telling of the life of Augustus. It gets a little thin on personal detail as the subject gets older ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
 
Fatal Passion:, A: The Story of the Uncrowned Last Empress of Russia
3.83
I really enjoyed this book and its picture of royal european life in the years leading up to WWI and the Russian revolution. The author managed to bri ...more
May 28, 2009
Apr 24, 2009
 
Privilege and Scandal: The Remarkable Life of Harriet Spencer, Sister of Georgiana
3.88
I found this book very entertaining, as well as informative about the lifestyle of the elite of that period. Harriett was a fascinating woman travelin ...more
Oct 17, 2008
Sep 19, 2008
 
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire
3.78
A highly readable and entertaining book. Georgiana Spencer was a notorious figure in her time and this book really brings her, and the times, to life.
Jan 2003
Sep 19, 2008
 
Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici
3.93
Very interesting read. The writing was clear and accessible, the story of Lorenzo de Medici's life told with great detail.
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Oct 01, 2008
 
Queen Emma: A History of Power, Love, and Greed in 11th-Century England
3.82
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Aug 28, 2007
Jan 12, 2009
 
An Uncommon Woman - The Empress Frederick: Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm
4.15
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Mar 14, 2008
 
The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England 1327-1330
4.12
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Mar 14, 2008
 
Victoria's Daughters
3.97
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Jun 23, 2005
Apr 06, 2009
 
Nicholas and Alexandra
4.23
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Mar 25, 2008
 
Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life
3.96
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Jan 2004
Sep 29, 2008
 
To the Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette
3.96
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Mar 25, 2008
 
Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
3.80
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Mar 25, 2008
 
Elizabeth: Grand Duchess of Russia
4.17
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Mar 12, 2008
 
The Diana Chronicles
3.60
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Mar 12, 2008
Sep 11, 2007
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