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Hey! Shut your priest hole!

Here is a round-up of my current non-fiction books.

I have just finished Antonia Fraser’s The Gunpowder Plot, and can highly recommend it. She’s nothing if not thorough, without being dry or too wordy. 638 more words


August 27 in history

479 BC Persian forces led by Mardonius were routed by Pausanias, the Spartan commander of the Greek army in the Battle of Plataea.

410 The… 588 more words


Flash Reviews: 'Mary Queen of Scots' and 'Uprooted'

Time for some more flash reviews!

Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser *** 
I am very much interested in Mary’s story, but haven’t studied any history of the period since I was at secondary school. 451 more words

I love, love, love the history section in Waterstones.

All those big paving slabs with fine art prints of Catherine the Great, Ceasar, Stalin and Shakespeare on the front. Bliss. Where else would all those people be hanging out together, but upon shelves? 443 more words


Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of The Sun King - Antonia Fraser

Recently, I became obsessed with ‘Versailles’, the TV series. Not the place…well now the place too, but I will come to that. Here is a picture of the cast of ‘Versailles’. 1,063 more words

Book Review: Three Queenly Biographies

For my first attempt at reviewing history, I’ve combined three recent reviews of historical biographies all focusing upon European queens: Mary, Queen of Scots; the medieval queens of England; and Marie Antoinette.  572 more words


Plants and Books for Sale

One Saturday in May I noticed a clearly lettered handmade sign taped onto a telephone pole near our house: “Plants and Books for Sale” followed by an address on a nearby street. 926 more words

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