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Dark Fire by C. J. Sansom

Dark Fire by C. J. Sansom

Dark Fire by C. J. Sansom is the second book in the Matthew Shardlake series and the story takes place in 1540, just before Thomas Cromwell’s downfall. I didn’t hear about Dark Fire or Greek Fire before reading this book and that was very interesting. […]

Elizabeth I by Wallace MacCaffrey

Elizabeth I by Wallace MacCaffrey

Elizabeth I by Wallace MacCaffrey is an extensive biography. At over 400 pages, the book is not exactly short, but it does make for an easy read. He starts from her childhood and goes all over until her death. I made a lot of notes […]

A midsummer knight’s kiss by Elisabeth Hobbes

A midsummer knight’s kiss by Elisabeth Hobbes

A midsummer knight’s kiss by Elisabeth Hobbes is the newest book by Hobbes and it is the third in the Danby Brothers series. It can be read as a stand-alone novel though. The first book in the series is about Hal, a blacksmith, hence the […]

Elizabeth I by Christopher Haigh

Elizabeth I by Christopher Haigh

Elizabeth I by Christopher Haigh is the second book I read by him, first being English Reformations (see review linked at the end of the post). He says that this book is not a biography as it deals with different aspects of her reign, but […]

Dissolution by C. J. Sansom

Dissolution by C. J. Sansom

Dissolution by C. J. Sansom is the first book in the Matthew Shardlake series. I saw a review on Kelly’s blog on the last book in the series and it sounded interesting. I reserved the book, but, following Kelly’s advice, I got the other one […]

Mary Tudor by Judith Richards

Mary Tudor by Judith Richards

Mary Tudor by Judith Richards is a Routledge Historical Biography I have on my recommended reading list for British History, year 1. Even today Mary Tudor is often described as an embittered Queen, who tried unsuccessfully to restore the Catholic Church and who sent many […]

The Mid-Tudor Crisis by David Loades

The Mid-Tudor Crisis by David Loades

The Mid-Tudor Crisis by David Loades. He focuses on the period between 1545 and 1565 and he questions if there really was a crisis in that period or is viewed like this due to hindsight and, even more, due to Elizabethan propaganda. I’ve enjoyed his […]

Nine Pints by Rose George

Nine Pints by Rose George

Nine Pints by Rose George might sound like a book about pubs, until you read the subtitle: A Journey Through the Mysterious, Miraculous World of Blood. The book is called Nine Pints because this is, roughly, as much as we have. It is such a […]

A Very Special Christmas by Mary Balogh

A Very Special Christmas by Mary Balogh

I wanted to borrow this book last year for Christmas, but I couldn’t as it was borrowed by someone else. So, this year I made sure I got A Very Special Christmas by Mary Balogh in time. In time was over a month before Christmas […]

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer – Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast. The whole concept of the book is that, despite being made aware by countless scientists, most of us live as if we were climate change deniers because we fail to […]

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari is the third book I read by Harari. As with the other two, I rate this highly as well. If you are familiar with his views, you might expect that he would touch on the […]

Cilka’s journey by Heather Morris

Cilka’s journey by Heather Morris

Cilka’s journey by Heather Morris is the second book I read by her. It was published earlier this month and I was so keen on reading it. The first book I read was The Tattooist of Auschwitz (see my review linked at the end of […]

The Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey

The Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey

The Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey – Personalities and Politics might be a short book, but it offers an interesting perspective on the politics of Henry VIII’s reign. I can’t say that I share his views on how much impact the factions had […]

British History 1485-1603

British History 1485-1603

I’ve decided to make a post about my reading list for University, the British History 1485-1603. I study this subject now, in the first year, for 10 weeks, during the Michaelmas term and at the beginning of the Hilary term. All these books were included […]

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding is one of the books I was recommended for my studies. I loved her writing style and her ideas are new, as she looks at Henry VIII from a different perspective. Furthermore, she holds lectures on Early Modern History for […]

Someone to honour by Mary Balogh

Someone to honour by Mary Balogh

I was so excited to get this book from the library just before our holiday. Someone to Honour by Mary Balogh is the 6th book in the Westcott series, the story of Abigail, the illegitimate daughter of Humphrey Westcott and Gilbert Bennington, a lieutenant colonel […]