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Absolute Monarchs by John Julius Norwich
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Aug 31, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: set-aside, on-shelf-at-library-so-why-not

Unfortunately this came due at the library before I read more than about a quarter of it. But then, that's the part of the history I know least. Norwich seems to be a rather fun, popular historian, somewhat in the vein of Barbara Tuchman perhaps--unable to resist forays into the sillier corners of history, like the probably nonexistent Pope Joan. He seems like a guy you'd run into at a university club or slightly shabby pensione, who has a snifter too much and talks your ear off about weird moments in history. I'm down with that but I'm not sure I'll check this back out because, as I said, I already read most of the part that interested me and the book's chapters are pretty freestanding, so I don't feel like I left a larger narrative unfinished.

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