I particularly enjoyed: 1. "Mothers, Daughters, Marriage, Power: Some Plantagenet Evidence, 1150-1500" by John Carmi Parsons 2. "Female Succession and t...moreI particularly enjoyed: 1. "Mothers, Daughters, Marriage, Power: Some Plantagenet Evidence, 1150-1500" by John Carmi Parsons 2. "Female Succession and the Language of Power in the Writings of Twelfth-Century Churchmen" by Lois L. Huneycutt 3. "Women at the Court of Charlemagne: A Case of Monstrous Regiment?" by Janet L. Nelson(less)
A Return to Modesty is unlike much feminist literature I have read. I really enjoyed the book and the author has made an intriguing contribution to th...moreA Return to Modesty is unlike much feminist literature I have read. I really enjoyed the book and the author has made an intriguing contribution to the sex/gender debate. The main issue I have with the book is with Wendy Shalit's use of historial material. She is often very optimistic in her interpretation of men's "chivalry" and protection of women's modesty in previous ages. But nobody really wants to go back to those times. Women have always been subject to pressures due to their perceived inferiority. This does not mean that the cultural attitudes of prior ages should not be listened to, but they need to be amalgamated with our current ideas to take society forward. I am fairly sure the ideal society does not involve women looking up to porn stars/playboy centrefolds, wanting to look like Barbie and targeting very young children in a sexually explicit way through advertising, television, clothing etc. Has the sexual revolution gone too far? How can we amend relations between men and women to create a more equal and just society? More books on this subject, please.(less)
Miss Annis Wychwood, twenty nine, possessed of financial independence and her own house in Bath, is returning to her home when she comes upon an overt...moreMiss Annis Wychwood, twenty nine, possessed of financial independence and her own house in Bath, is returning to her home when she comes upon an overturned gig. Her involvement in the lives of its young occupants brings the rude but amusing Oliver Carleton into her life.
Annis is one of the most well-drawn heroines that Georgette Heyer ever created. She is a cross between Heyer's earlier character Venetia and Anne Elliot (Persuasion) and I love the exchanges that she has with Mr Carleton. With her unusual residential circumstances (living independently of her brother) and her strong independent streak she is perhaps easier to identify with than other Heyer characters for many modern readers.
The sparks really fly between the leading couple. Oliver Carleton is delightfully rude. (I have a strange fondness for grumpy and/or rude heroes, many probably don't feel the same). The proposal scene and the scene between them as Annis is recovering from flu are some of my favourites in all Heyer's oeuvre.
I love this series so much. Mardi Oakley Medawar has a real gift for making the past seem real. I looked up from my book and it was a real surprise to...moreI love this series so much. Mardi Oakley Medawar has a real gift for making the past seem real. I looked up from my book and it was a real surprise to find myself in my room and not in a Tipi out on the plains. And she can still make me laugh despite the fact I have read these books many times.
The Ft. Larned Incident has an interesting structure, with part of the story taking place about fifty years after the murder of Three Elks. The author was clearly signing off, letting us know what happened to the main characters after their world was destroyed, in the years following the main event of this book. (view spoiler)[It was a brave decision to have the main character not actually solve the crime correctly the first time round either. (hide spoiler)]
One of the highlights for me, if I am honest, is trying to spot the basis for some of the incidents she uses from volumes like Bad Medicine and Good: Tales of the Kiowas. For example, the story of how Taybodal healed Little War as described in the second book of the series seems to be based on one in this book. I wonder what the historical Tay-bodal was really like. And any book with Big Tree in it is likely to get the thumbs up from me as he is one of my favourite historical figures.
Reading the four books of the series in a row I picked up on various continuity errors - examples include the number of wives and children that Skywalker had, and the languages some of the characters speak; Tay-bodal suddenly knows Arapaho in the later books and Billy Kiowa, and also the the spellings used when describing the Kiowa class system changes from book to book. But this series is so good, who cares? The author does not seem to have published anything since this novel was written, plus she does seem to have been concluding the series, as I mentioned earlier, so it will probably never happen, but I am struggling to think of a book that I would want to read more than a fifth Tay-bodal novel.