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Stephen and Matilda's Civil War by Matthew  Lewis
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it was amazing

This is a very good book.

The so-called Anarchy is a very confusing time, and it is not easy to make all that happened and all those involved in it accessible and understandable to a reader. Lewis, however, manages this. Even readers who do not have much background knowledge about the time should not be confused about who was who, who did what and why.

The book's greatest strength, however, is that it succeeds very well at being unbiased. Lewis favours neither Stephen nor Matilda over each other, but shows up the strengths and weaknesses of them both and their respective parties without himself taking a side.

As I, personally, never thought much of Stephen, I was surprised to find myself sympathise with him occasionally and find out more about his strengths.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone interested in this fascinating and confusing time.

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December 13, 2019 – Shelved

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