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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…

A Runaway Bride for the Highlander by Elisabeth Hobbes

A Runaway Bride for the Highlander by Elisabeth Hobbes

A Runaway Bride for the Highlander by Elisabeth Hobbes is the third book in the The Lochmore Legacy Series, each by a different author. I think I’m going to get the other three books as well. Marguerite runs away from an arranged marriage, hoping she…

My 2019 in Books

My 2019 in Books

My 2019 in Books, a round-up. I’ve read 88 books, a few more than the challenge I took this year, of 75 books. In the reading challenge that I took, I planned to read three books and I’ve read only one of those, Lolita. I…

Heartstone by C. J. Sansom

Heartstone by C. J. Sansom

Heartstone by C. J. Sansom is the fifth book in the Matthew Shardlake series. The story takes place in the Summer of 1545, when Henry VIII had to defend the southern coast from a French invasion, after his attempt to invade northern France was unsuccessful.…

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…

A-Z Puzzle Book

A-Z Puzzle Book

When my husband and I were grocery shopping I saw this A-Z Puzzle Book on the supermarket’s shelves. It looked interesting and I thought it would be fun, so we got it. My husband and I did just shy of 20 puzzles from it and…

Revelation by C. J. Sansom

Revelation by C. J. Sansom

Revelation by C. J. Sansom is the fourth book in the Matthew Shardlake series. The story happens in 1543, when King Henry VIII is wooing Catherine Parr. Archbishop Cranmer and Protestant faction at court are hoping the match is a success, as she is known…

Sovereign by C. J. Sansom

Sovereign by C. J. Sansom

Sovereign by C. J. Sansom is the third book in the Matthew Shardlake series. The story takes place in 1541, when King Henry VIII made his Progress to the North. Shardlake was hired by Archbishop Cranmer to transport a conspirator back to London for interrogation,…

30-Second Elements by Eric Scerri

30-Second Elements by Eric Scerri

My husband got this book, 30-Second Elements by Eric Scerri, after visiting the Science Museum in Oxford. It is part of a series of 30 seconds books on a large array of topics, from sciences to arts and humanities. I will read more books from…

Images of Rule by David J. Howarth

Images of Rule by David J. Howarth

Images of Rule by David J. Howarth – Art and Politics in the English Renaissance, 1485-1649 was on my to-read list for University. It was not a book I would have picked from the library and that would have been a shame. The book is…

How to Grow Old by John Bishop

How to Grow Old by John Bishop

How to Grow Old by John Bishop – A middle-aged man moaning. I was intrigued to see he is going to publish a book about getting old. He is a comedian and I’ve seen him in TV shows. As he is hilarious, I imagined the…

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…