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Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd
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Mar 17, 12

Read in March, 2012

I have read this book about Stonehenge and the ENTIRE HISTORY OF ENGLAND as written in minute and wonderful detail by Edward Rutherford (of "Russka" fame) three times. Each time, I pick up something new from it. The first read, I could hardly put the book down, because I was so fascinated by the ancient and Roman history of Britain and how the great Henge came to be. The last time, was slow going because I knew what to expect and found a lot of the lives of each era's people tedious and predictably awful. In short, they suffered. But always the magic of the land around old Sarum remains for those who happen to find it. This is one of the best books on Stonehenge and on English history ever written. Rutherford brings the old ruins, old castles, old places to life by telling his tale through the characters: peasant, soldier, lord and priest, none of whom treat each other very well and that leads to wars, betrayals, murder and mayhem. Worth your time.

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