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Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World
3.72
did not like it
What did I think - not much I am sorry to say. Although Weir is not my favourite author, I am prepared to put aside my dislike to read - and objective ...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
 
The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III’s Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds
3.79
did not like it
"Having trouble getting into this as it comes across as a self-serving piece of ego-stroking from the main author, Langley. The subject matter was of ...more
Oct 14, 2013
Sep 30, 2013
 
The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas
3.66
did not like it
Why do I keep giving Weir chance after chance. Yet another 500 plus pages of history lessons replacing much lacking fact. Another case of quantity ove ...more
Dec 07, 2015
Dec 07, 2015
 
The Princes in the Tower
3.82
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Giving this one a go despite Weir not being a favourite author of mine.

So, I've finally finished this one. If I was hoping for somet
...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
 
A Secret Well Kept: An Account of the Work of Sir Vernon Kell, Founder of MI5
2.92
it was ok
I think, the title is a little misleading. What this is, in fact, is a quite acceptable memoir of a life shared between two people which is told in th ...more
May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017
 
The Lost World of Byzantium
3.90
liked it
Easy to read history of the Byzantine Empire to its fall in 1453. This is a great starting point for the beginner to Byzantine studies.
Sep 13, 2015
Aug 30, 2015
 
Catherine of Braganza: Charles II's Restoration Queen
3.88
really liked it
Catherine Braganza - not a queen with whom I am overly familiar with - the Restoration not my particular area of expertise. So it was with anticipatio ...more
Apr 15, 2017
Apr 14, 2017
 
Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois
3.80
really liked it
Having read Dumas' "la reine margot", I was looking forward to Sophie's interpretation of marguerite de Valois, and I was not disappointed. It is a re ...more
Oct 27, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
 
Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe
3.72
liked it
Definitely in my comfort zone here - medieval history! Whilst already familiar with each of the four princes - Henry VIII of England, Francis I of Fra ...more
Dec 30, 2016
Dec 29, 2016
 
The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
4.17
liked it
Accessible, readable, enthusiastic, factually orientated whilst avoiding the cliched myths.

Eight generations of Plantagenets are covered off from 1120
...more
May 08, 2013
May 08, 2013
 
The Mystery of the Three Orchids (Pushkin Vertigo)
3.38
really liked it
Death in a Milanese fashion house - beside the body, an orchid. A mysterious American couple, long-kept secrets, another murder - will Inspector de Vi ...more
Sep 29, 2016
Sep 02, 2016
 
God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican
3.96
liked it
"God’s Bankers has it all: a rare exposé and an astounding saga marked by poisoned business titans, murdered prosecutors, mysterious deaths of private ...more
Mar 08, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
 
The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici
3.89
really liked it
The story of Alessandro de Medici, Duke of Florence (r.1532 - 1537).

Having read much about the de Medici, I was instinctively drawn to this tome about
...more
Jul 06, 2016
Jun 22, 2016
 
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
4.16
really liked it
The first thing that struck me was the very clever writing. Typically, when you are telling a story its either first or third person narrative, and us ...more
Dec 08, 2017
Nov 26, 2017
 
The Prince Who Would Be King: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart
4.05
really liked it
Author Sarah Fraser achieves her aim in bringing to the forefront the life and character of Prince Henry Frederick Stuart (d.1612).

Henry Stuart was li
...more
Feb 03, 2018
Jan 13, 2018
Jan 12, 2018
 
The Master of Verona (Star-Cross'd #1)
4.05
really liked it
Being already familiar with the story of Cangrande della Scala, I was keen to read this version of his life. So far, my interest has been maintained a ...more
Oct 07, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
 
The Habsburgs: The History of a Dynasty
3.58
really liked it
Great introduction into the Habsburg dynasty from its obscure beginnings until the 20th century.

"The truth about the dynasty lies, predictably, somewh
...more
Jan 20, 2018
Jan 19, 2018
 
Unspeakable
3.64
did not like it
What should have been an interesting story on the trial and execution of Thomas Aikenhead for blasphemy on Scotland in 1697 evaporated into an unreada ...more
Apr 16, 2017
Apr 15, 2017
 
The Mistresses of Henry VIII
4.03
it was ok
Definitely a rehashing of the lives of Henry's wives than an in depth study of his mistresses. Whilst Anne, Katherine and possibly Jane not only were ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 06, 2011
 
The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily
3.82
really liked it
Highly engaging biography of a much maligned queen.
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 11, 2009
 
KILLING RASPUTIN: The Murder That Ended The Russian Empire
3.63
liked it
This work is based upon the report of Vladimir Rudnev, investigator into Rasputin's influence over the Tsar (28.03.1919), revised and updated again si ...more
Jul 08, 2017
Jul 08, 2017
 
The Man In The Iron Mask
3.91
it was amazing
A very fascinating and enjoyable journey into 17th & 18th Century France during the reigns of Louis XIII and his son, Louis XIV, the Sun King.

It i
...more
Jan 2015
Dec 29, 2014
 
The Temptress: The Scandalous Life Of Alice, Countess De Janzé
3.51
liked it
The Temptress was written in the same vein as "The Bolter: Edwardian Heartbreak and High Society Scandal in Kenya" by Frances Osborne. It tells the st ...more
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 10, 2013
 
The Bolter: Edwardian Heartbreak and High Society Scandal in Kenya
3.67
liked it
Interesting story of a woman who was obviously ahead of the time she lived in. A woman - who rightly or wrongly - acted according to her own free will ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 30, 2011
 
The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France
3.86
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** The story of the Last Duel focuses on the last "legalised" duel to be held in medieval France in which one man seeks justice through ...more
Nov 06, 2010
Dec 10, 2009
 
Murder Take Three (Langham and Dupré Mystery, #4)
4.08
liked it
It is the 1950s and the Ryland Detective Agency has a new client. Mystery Writer turned Investigator Donald Langham is called upon to visit the Englis ...more
Jun 03, 2017
Jun 02, 2017
 
Accused
3.88
really liked it
The 4-star rating is a clue that I loved this book. I have been getting into crime noir (with a touch of humour) with the likes of Maria Angelica Bosc ...more
Dec 26, 2016
Dec 26, 2016
 
Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe
3.87
it was ok
What I would have preferred was some reference to lesser known "vanished kingdoms". I really had no interest in the last seven chapters and pretty muc ...more
Oct 22, 2013
Oct 22, 2013
 
Caravaggio: painter on the run
3.76
really liked it
My long fascination with Caravaggio - his life, his art, his end - has lead me to this work by Marissa Moss.

Caravaggio's story begins with the artist
...more
Jun 05, 2016
Jun 05, 2016
 
Bird in a Cage
3.83
liked it
Classic French noir set in Paris in the 1960s. This is well executed and suspenseful, with enough plot twists and turns worthy of Hitchcock.

Narrated i
...more
Aug 07, 2016
Aug 07, 2016
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