The Revolutions in Europe by Robert Evans

The Revolutions in Europe by Robert Evans

The Revolutions in Europe by Robert Evans and Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann is a collection of essays about the 1848 revolutions in Europe. As it happens with this kind of books, some chapters are more intriguing that others, both due to the subject and to…

Surely you’re joking, Mr Feynman! By Richard Feynman

Surely you’re joking, Mr Feynman! By Richard Feynman

I don’t write reviews for books I did not read. But I need to make an exception with Surely you’re joking, Mr Feynman! By Richard Feynman – Adventures of a curious character. My husband read it and I pestered him to read passages from the…

The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke

The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke

I was asked if I want to review The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke – The Crown, the Dynasty, the Golden Age*. Of course I said yes, especially as I’m studying the period. I like to mix up serious books (as in those kinds…

Josephine by Kate Williams

Josephine by Kate Williams

Josephine by Kate Williams – desire, ambition, Napoleon is a good book, very easy and pleasant to read, just like a novel. The only thing that annoyed me, so much that I took a star out of the rating was the amount of assumptions she…

Our final century by Martin Rees

Our final century by Martin Rees

Our final century by Martin Rees – A scientist’s warning how terror, error, and environmental disaster threaten humankind’s future in this century – on earth and beyond. I reserved this book from the library just before hearing about it in a talk at Davos in…

The Napoleonic Empire by Geoffrey James Ellis

The Napoleonic Empire by Geoffrey James Ellis

This book, The Napoleonic Empire by Geoffrey James Ellis is part of the Studies in the European History collection. It is a really good book, very well written, making it easy to read. I’ve enjoyed it. He talks about Napoleon’s legacy and that part was…

The French Revolution by William Doyle

The French Revolution by William Doyle

The French Revolution by William Doyle is quite a biased book, not to the standard I expected it to be. I will talk about two things from the book which stand out. ‘All power, all authority, all institutions were now provisional, valid only so long…

The French Revolution by Stephen Clarke

The French Revolution by Stephen Clarke

The French Revolution by Stephen Clarke has the very appropriate subtitle: and What Went Wrong. This is the 3rd book I read by Clarke and I will start reading the 4th one in a couple of months or so. All his books are hilarious and…

Tudor Economic Problems by Peter Ramsey

Tudor Economic Problems by Peter Ramsey

Tudor Economic Problems by Peter Ramsey was such a great book. I had no intention of reading it cover-to-cover, but I did. I was doing an essay on Tudor economics and this book was so good, I didn’t want to put it down. It was…

30-Second Physics by Brian Clegg

30-Second Physics by Brian Clegg

30-Second Physics by Brian Clegg is another book from this series that I got from a museum gift shop. I liked the first book in the series that I read, 30-Second Elements, so I was very curious about this one. It is a very good…

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Pérez

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Pérez

I saw this book, Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Pérez – Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, last year. I wasn’t sure I will enjoy it, because I assumed the author is very much a left-wing feminist and she will not be able…

England and Europe by Susan Doran

England and Europe by Susan Doran

England and Europe by Susan Doran. This book too is from the Seminar Studies in History collection. After reading a highly biased book by Doran about Elizabeth (link to that book is at the end of this post), I wasn’t sure I would be happy…

Tudor Rebellions by Anthony Fletcher

Tudor Rebellions by Anthony Fletcher

Tudor Rebellions by Anthony Fletcher, a book in the Seminar Studies In History collection. It is a book for historians, heavy in facts, and thus, quite dry. Definitely not the kind of book you’d see on the bedside table. I wished the book covered the…

New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden

New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden

New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden – The Rule of the Tudors 1485-1600. It is a good book about the Tudors, starting with Henry VII going all the way to Elizabeth I. From my point of view, she is focusing a bit too much…

Shakespeare’s London by Stephen Porter

Shakespeare’s London by Stephen Porter

This is the last book I’ve read last year: Shakespeare’s London by Stephen Porter – Everyday Life in London 1580-1616. I had this book in the bookcase, waiting for me to read it and now the moment was right, as it is something I liked…

The Ascendancy of Europe by Matthew Anderson

The Ascendancy of Europe by Matthew Anderson

The Ascendancy of Europe by Matthew Anderson focuses on the period between 1815-1914. It is a good book and I made a lot of notes from it. While it is a great starter book for the European history of the 19th century, I wouldn’t say…