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Review: Cecily Neville Mother of Kings by Amy Licence

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Publisher: Amberley Books August 19, 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, Cecily Neville, House of York, House of Tudor, House of Neville, House of Lancaster, House of Plantagenet, England, Kings and Queens of England, British History Reading Challenge 2014 
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272, with 47 color illustrations
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Amberley Books in exchange for a review. All reviews are expressed from my own opinion.

Summary:
Cecily Neville was born in May of 1415, at Raby Castle in northeast England. In October of 1415, England and Wales battled the French in the Battle of Agincourt on French soil. Cecily's parents were Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland, and Joan Beaufort. Cecily had ten half brothers and sisters," and "nine surviving full siblings."Joan Beaufort's parents were John of Gaunt, and Katherine Swynford. John of Gaunt, was the son of Edward III. At the age of fourteen Cecily married Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York. It was a dynastic marri…

Jack of Spies by David Downing

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Publisher: Soho Crime May 13, 2014
Genre: Fiction, World War I, British spy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Soho Crime in exchange for a review. All reviews are expressed from my own opinions and feelings.

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Summary:
Jack McColl, is a middle age traveling salesman in 1913. His ancestry is Scottish. When the book begins he is in China, stalking German's for information about what they're up to in a possible war in Europe. Jack's "real" job is intelligence for the British government. Intelligence and espionage is in its infancy. Jack's pay for the work is minimal and traveling is lengthy.
Jack of Spies, is the first book in what will be series on the British spy Jack McColl, during the period of time before World War I and during World War I.
Ground work begins in Jack of Spies. What kind of personality Jack has, his talents and abilities, weak points; a…

Question and Answer with Conn Iggulden Author of Stormbird

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Conn Iggulden is the author of two previous series on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia and also the co-author of The Dangerous Book for Boys. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children.



A Conversation with Conn Iggulden Author of WARS OF THE ROSES: STORMBIRD

Your upcoming novel WARS OF THE ROSES: STORMBIRD focuses on the backstabbing and betrayals of the Wars of the Roses. Can you tell us a little about what drew you to this period?
I spent a long time looking for something worth doing after Genghis and Kublai Khan. I’d been wrapped up in that world for about five years and I wanted to find a story at least as good. I knew I had one more Roman book in me, a period of joyous nostalgia as I went back to the Caesars and so revisited my younger life, when I didn't know the first book would be published. For two years then, I looked. Friends and family suggested subjects, topics, characters. I thought of writing a massive series on the generals of Alexander…

Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

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Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons/A Penguin Random House Company July 8, 2014
Genre: Historical fiction, The Wars of the Roses, England, House of Lancaster, House of Neville, House of York, House of Beaufort
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 496
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Putnam/Penguin in exchange for a review. All reviews are expressed from my own opinions and feelings.

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Summary:
Stormbird, follows the period of time from the betrothal of Henry VI (1443) to Margaret of Anjou, through to Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, becoming Protector and Defender of the Realm (1453).
Conn Iggulden backed up in the prologue to the death of Edward III (1377). His sons and their heirs, were the beginning point for the Wars of the Roses.
Stormbird, portrays the weak, lamb-like Henry VI, and his French bride Margaret of Anjou, who at first is naive and passive, but later b…

Inside the Tudor Court: Henry VIII and his Six Wives through the writings of the Spanish Ambassador, Eustace Chapuys by Lauren Mackay

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Publisher: Amberley-Books, February 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, Biography
Labels: Eustace Chapuys, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Katherine of Aragon, Mary Tudor, Tudor History, England, British History Reading Challenge 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Rating: 5 Stars for Excellent
Source: Free copy from Amberley Books in exchange for a review.

Biography on Eustace Chapuys from History And Other Thoughts.

Reviews and Interviews:
Tudor Book Reviews by the Anne Boleyn Files
On The Tudor Trail
Nerdalicious
Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History
Tudor History

Further information on Eustace Chapuys can be found at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 

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A lengthy book preview from Google. 

Author Lauren Mackay

Summary:
The Holy Roman Emperor, King of Spain, and nephew to Katherine of Aragon, was Charles V. He sent Eustace Chapuys, to be an envoy for Katherine of Aragon, during Henry VIII's quest to divorce her. He was also to represent and…

My Life In Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

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Publisher: Crown/Random House Publishing January 28, 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, memoir, George Eliot, Middlemarch
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Rating: 4 Stars for Very Good
Source:I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review, and from Crown/Random House Publishing, for the purpose of review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinion. 

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Summary:
My Life in Middlemarch, is a memoir of Rebecca Mead, George Eliot, and a review of the literary novel Middlemarch.
Rebecca Mead, reflects on her life, from late adolescence and college, to living single and working on her career in NYC. She ponders choices made, relationships, and maturity; further, she compares her life to her beloved book and heroine, George Eliot, the author of Middlemarch.
Middlemarch, was published in serial form by George Eliot, also known as Mary Ann Evans or Marian Evans, in 1871-72. George Eliot, also wrote Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, a…

Chaucer's England by Diana Childress

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Publisher: Shoe String Press/Linnet Books 2000
Genre: Non-fiction, Life in England during Geoffrey Chaucer's era, England, 14th Century,
Format: Hardcover
Age: 12 and up
Pages: 136
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Library copy

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I'm surprised there has not been any reviews at the book retail sites. It is possible this little gem has been over-looked. For a person that is heavily researching 14th century England, this book would not have enough information. But, for a reader, age twelve and up, who wants to read a short book packed with interesting tidbits about life during Geoffrey Chaucer's era, this book is a perfect choice.

Summary:
Chaucer's England, explores 14th century England: from traveling to food, from housing to money, from "social hierarchy" to the religious order, from Parliament to medicine, from marriage to "leisure" activities.
Geoffrey Chaucer, was born in London, England, about 1340, and died 1400. There are "500 …

Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester

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Publisher: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. January 13, 2014
Genre: Christian Non-fiction, biography, Civil War, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Format: Paperback
Pages: 382
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars for Very Good. 
Source: Free copy from Eerdmans in exchange for a review. All reviews are written from my own opinion and feelings. 

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Review was first posted at The Christian Manifesto

"Uncle Tom's Cabin came from the heart rather than the head. It was an outburst of deep feeling, a cry in the darkness. The writer no more thought of style or literary excellence, than the mother who rushes into the street and cries for help to save her children from a burning house thinks of the teachings of the rhetorician or the elocutionist.”Quote by Charles Stowe.

The name Harriet Beecher Stowe, is synonymous with her story Uncle Tom's Cabin. The book was published in serialized form, 1851 and 1852. She is quoted as saying she wrote it to “awaken sympathy a…

1066: The Year of the Conquest by David Howarth

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Publisher: Penguin August 1981
Genre: Non-fiction, 1066, Norman Conquest, King Harold, William the Conqueror, Medieval England
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Library copy.

Paperback @ Amazon $11.83.
Not available on Kindle.
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Summary:
When I think about the year 1066, I become anxious all of a sudden. Yes, I know the date was over 900 years ago, but thinking about a foreign country invading the land of England, I feel a sense of foreboding, as if I should pack a small bag and run, runaway fast. Of course the right thing to do would be to defend my country and my land.
When the year 1066 began, King Edward, also known as Edward, the Confessor, was near death. An heir had not been decided. There were claimants to the throne, but Edward had not chosen one. His death came during the night of January 4th, or early morning hours of the 5th. The Witan (Anglo-Saxon council) decided to pass the crown to Harold Godwin or Godwine. The Witan were in agr…

Baudelaire's Revenge by Bob Van Laerhoven

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Publisher: Pegasus Books April 15, 2014
Genre: France, Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, Mystery, Crime Novel
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Rating: 1 Star---did not like and do not recommend---Remember, the following review is my own feelings and opinions in regard to this book. Thank you. 
Source: Free copy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours


Summary:
"It is 1870, and Paris is in turmoil. As the social and political turbulence of the Franco-Prussian War roils the city, workers starve to death while aristocrats seek refuge in orgies and seances. The Parisians are trapped like rats in their beautiful city but a series of gruesome murders captures their fascination and distracts them from the realities of war. The killer leaves lines from the recently deceased Charles Baudelaire’s controversial anthology Les Fleurs du Mal on each corpse, written in the poet’s exact handwriting. Commissioner Lefevre, a lover of poetry and a veteran of the Algerian war, is on t…