Showing posts from June, 2014

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

Publisher: Harper Perennial 2012
Genre: Non-fiction, English Queens, British Monarchy, England, France
Format: Paperback
Pages: 496
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Self-purchase

In the preface, Helen Castor explains: "This is an attempt to write the kind of book I loved to read before history became my profession as well as my pleasure. It is about people, and about power. It is a work of storytelling, of biographical narrative rather than theory or cross-cultural comparison. I have sought to root it in the perspectives of the people whose lives and words are recounted here, rather than in historiographical debate, and to form my own sense, so far as the evidence allows, of their individual experiences. In the process, I hope their lives will also serve to illuminate a bigger story about the questions over which they fought and the dilemmas they faced-one that crosses the historical divide between 'medieval' and 'early modern,' an artificial boundary that none o…

[Review] Blood and Roses: One Family's Struggle And Triumph During The Tumultuous Wars Of The Roses by Helen Castor

Publisher: Harper Perennial Edition 2007
Genre: Paston Letters, British History, Medieval England, Monarchy, British History Reading Challenge 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars for very good/near excellent
Source: Self-purchase

Blood and Roses, follows the Paston family, through the use of their letters, which covers three generations. The time period is 1378 through 1500. The first Paston generation toiled the land as farmers, and yet were able to secure an education for their son. This dynamic son was a fresh start in gaining advancement for the Paston family beyond that of poor laborers. The history of England is not just the background for the Paston family, they too are involved in the inter-workings of history.

My Thoughts:
The Paston letters gave an intimacy to the book. I was not reading about English history alone, but of a particular family who lived and experienced life during the medieval era.
In one letter the wife reminded her husband to reme…

[Review] Everyday Life In Medieval London: From The Anglo-Saxons To The Tudors by Toni Mount

Publisher: Amberley Books February 2014
Genre: Medieval, London, British history, England, British History Reading Challenge 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272, with 30 color illustrations
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Amberley Books in exchange for a review.

Hardcover @ Amazon $27.31

$27.38 @ Barnes and Nobles in a different cover jacket that the Amazon choice. 

Facebook page for book

Toni Mount's webpage

Another review, from Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History.

Author Info:
Toni Mount has been a history teacher for fifteen years. She has an MA by Research on medieval medical manuscripts from the University of Kent. Her previous books include Medieval Housewives & Women of the Middle Ages. Born in London, Toni now lives in Gravesend, Kent.

Everyday Life in Medieval London, covers the time period, AD 500 through 1500. Londinium became the Roman name of London, but the name London, is "of Celtic origin." The Romans had a double purpose, to conquer and to establish t…

[Review] The Annals of London: A Year-By-Year Record of a Thousand Years of History by John Richardson

Publisher: University of California Press September 4, 2000
Genre: Non-fiction, History of London, London, England, British History, British History Reading Challenge 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Library copy

Available through Amazon, but from outside sources. 

Link at publisher with excerpt

The Annals of London, is a reference book for lovers of British history. The introduction chapter focuses on the era when the Romans came to Britain "for the second time in AD 43." They invaded, "complete with elephants" in order to be "the trading influence of the British province." It's unclear what Londinium (London) had been established as originally by the Britain people.
*Everyday Life in Medieval London, by Toni Mounts will teach more in depth about this period of history. I have read this book and a review will be posted soon.
The geographical area had streams of water and wetlands, the river Thames provided access for ships and …

[Review] Edwin: High King of Britain, The Northumbrian Thrones 1 by Edoardo Albert

Publisher: Lion Fiction March 21, 2014 1st edition
Genre: Historical Fiction, Anglo-Saxon, Northumbria, History of Christianity to England, England, British History Reading Challenge 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 354
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from KregelBook Tours in exchange for a review.

Kindle price is $1.99
Further historical links on Edwin:
St. Edwin, from the Parish Church of Saint Wilfrid,
From Anglo-Saxon and Viking Northumbria,
From BBC possible burial site for Edwin,
From Orthodox Outlet For Dogmatic Inquiries, this site has color photographs,
and England's Christian Heritage site (color photographs as well as an interesting history of the area of Northumbria).

AD 625
Edwin, King of Deira and Bernicia (Northumbria), Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in northern England, has been in exile for twelve long years. He is a widow, and has two grown sons, Osfrith and Eadfrith. At the age of forty, he marries a second time to a bride younger than his sons, AEthelburh of Kent.

[Review] The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience by Kent A. Kiehl, PhD

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, April 22, 2014.
Genre: Psychology, Psychopath, Antisocial personality disorders.
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: I received a free copy from Blogging For Books for the purpose of review.

For more information @ Publisher: The Psychopath Whisperer. 

Author information @ Publisher: Kent A. Kiehl, PhD. 

What is a psychopath? Is this the mental illness which has caused young men to commit mass shootings in America?
Is being a psychopath the same as having psychosis?
These questions and more are explored in The Psychopath Whisperer. 
Author, Kent A. Kiehl, PhD, began his graduate studies by researching and utilizing the Hare Psychopathy Checklist,at a maximum secure prison in British Columbia, Canada. He interviewed men who without emotion or conscience shared their stories. Dr. Kiehl, later used MRI imaging to study the brains of the men, in order to understand …

What's Coming Up!

I've finished reading Blood and Roses (about the Paston letters) by Helen Castor. The review will be posted next week.

Helen Castor's next book, She-Wolves, I began reading last Thursday.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, I'm half finished.

Other books soon to begin reading:
Everyday Life in Medieval London by Toni Mount,
The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience by Kent A. Kiehl, PhD.

At the end of June, a post will give a six month update on all the reading challenges I'm involved in.

My husband was diagnosed with narrow angle Glaucoma, he will have a laser eye procedure on the right eye June 25, followed by the left eye two or three weeks later. Caring for him takes precedence, I know you'll understand if the postings on the blog become slower.

Last Thursday I reached 100,000 viewers to this blog. Impressions In Ink, began late December 2009, with its first real post in January 2010. I have another blog at A Well-Watered Garden, which is whe…

[Review] 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany by Steven Pressman

Publisher: HarperCollins April 22, 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, World War II, Holocaust, Nazi Germany, Austria, Memoir
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Compensated by a review copy from HarperCollins in exchange for a review.

Further links:
Articles: The Holocaust Remembered, from American Thinker
Rescue Documentary 50 Children, from Huffington Post
The Unlikeliest Rescue Mission, from The Jewish Week

Gil and Eleanor Kraus's family knew about their work to rescue fifty Jewish children in 1939; however, Gil and Eleanor had never revealed any details. A forgotten memoir typed by Eleanor, revealed a daring plan to carry out a brave mission in pre-war Germany and Austria. In the mid 1930s, Nazi Germany began the task of ridding themselves of the Jewish population, in order to have the perfect Aryan race for the Reich. The Nuremberg Race Laws clamped down on restricting a Jew to own a business, or for a Jew to work and mingle with a person who was not Jewish. Jew…

[Review] The Tudors: Lady Jane Grey to Elizabeth I by G. J. Meyer

Title: The Tudors: Lady Jane Grey to Elizabeth I
Author: G. J. Meyer
Publisher: Amberley Publishing November 2010
Genre: Non-fiction, British history, Tudor history, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, 1500s, 1600s, England, British History Reading Challenge 2014. 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352, with 52 images
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Self-purchase

Link @ Amberley for more information. 

Paperback copy is $6.52 from Amazon.

In late 2012, I read and reviewed the book: A World Undone: The Story of the Great War 1914-1918 by G J Meyer. I was impressed with the depth and detail of research, it is an A-Z on World War I. After reading this book I felt as if I'd taken a semester class on World War I history. Meyer has added material he squeezes in between the chapters titled, "Background".  The "Background" is added to The Tudors as well. These mini-studies on subjects such as: "Calvin" (John Calvin), "The Mak…