A nice study of the high and low points in Venetian history. There is a focus on Venice's rise and fall as a maritime power in the Mediterranean; her...moreA nice study of the high and low points in Venetian history. There is a focus on Venice's rise and fall as a maritime power in the Mediterranean; her political relations with the other sea-states of Italy, especially Genoa, and with the enemies of Christendom, the Ottomans. There is an illuminating chapter focusing on Venetian women - its courtesans, its noble women, and its notorious women - I enjoyed these chapters as this area of history is of interest to me.
This book will suit the general student of history as it covers a broad range of topics - warfare, art & music, its people and its history (the period covered is from the 13th century onwards).
"A gritty tale of Dark Age Britain, where heroes are few and the lives of thousands hinge upon the whims of greedy and unscrupulous men. In fifth cent...more"A gritty tale of Dark Age Britain, where heroes are few and the lives of thousands hinge upon the whims of greedy and unscrupulous men. In fifth century Britannia .... Eiteol, a cloddish nobleman, manages to save the dictator Vertigern from an assassination attempt and the pair must flee for their lives …...."
The story is that of the early invasions of Britain by the Saxons, Angles & Jutes, during the 5th century. It is a time of chaos and ever-wavering loyalties and the leaders fight each other and themselves for power and control - and prominent is the backdrop of the story of the Night of the Long Knives
Here are names that may be tantalizingly familiar to those whose forte is the early Anglo-Saxon history of Britain: Horsa, Hengist, Vortigern (here called Vertigern), one Eldol (called Eiteol), Gildas (Glivis), and Arthur (called Ambris, and finally Flavius Ambrosius Aurelinus). Many other of the “founding” Saxons, Angles & Jutes are here in some form as are the missionary figures who feature in the early christianisation of Britain.
It is a fast paced story – though those unfamiliar with this period may find the going a little hard but there is enough action to keep the reader entertained.
This story is a glimpse into the past, although I wonder whether the author considers that there is more to tell ….
I really liked this fast-paced snapshot into part of the life of Juanna "la loco" - or Juanna the Mad, Queen of Castile as she later became known.
The...moreI really liked this fast-paced snapshot into part of the life of Juanna "la loco" - or Juanna the Mad, Queen of Castile as she later became known.
The period covered is from late 1491 and finishes in December 1500. Our story sees the fall of Granada to the Christian Monarchs - Isabella and Ferdinand; a curse; the expulsion of the Jews; the voyages of Columbus; family tragedy; and the betrothal and marriage of Juanna to Philip the Handsome of Burgundy. And it is from this time in Juanna's life (ie: her marriage to Philip) that we begin to see the background to the stories of her madness.
As mentioned, it is a short tale, narrated by Juanna that will keep you fascinated with each turn of the page.(less)