Showing posts from November, 2014

(Review) Agincourt: The Story of a Battle by Rosemary Hawley Jarman

Publisher: Amberley Books, July 2, 2012.
Genre: Non-fiction, Agincourt Battle, Henry V, British History Reading Challenge 2014.
Format: pdf, ebook/Kindle.
Pages: 158.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
Source: I was given a free pdf copy from Amberley Books, later I bought an e-book Kindle copy.

To purchase a copy @ Amazon.

Further links of interest:
Eyewitness History
British Battles
History Channel

The battlefield of Agincourt is located near modern day Azincourt, France. Azincourt is in far northern France. Agincourt is one of the battles in the Hundred Year's War, 1337-1453. It was an English victory.
October 25, 1415, Henry V and his army engaged in battle with a large French army. Henry V's English army had been joined by a battled hardened group of Welshmen, and a group of intimidating Irishmen. The English victory came on St. Crispin's Day. Henry did not take credit for the victory, but gave glory to God.

My Thoughts:
When I began reading A…

(Review) The Spoils of Avalon, A John Singer Sargent/Violet Paget Mystery by Mary F. Burns

Publisher: Sand Hill Review Press, July 31, 2014.
Genre: Fiction, mystery, Victorian England, medieval England.
Format: Advanced reader copy paperback.
Pages: 304.
Rating: 3 Stars.
Source: Free copy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and Sand Hill Review Press in exchange for a review.

Link for book tour: The Spoils of Avalon. 

The death of a humble clergyman in 1877 leads amateur sleuths Violet Paget and John Singer Sargent into a medieval world of saints and kings—including the legendary Arthur—as they follow a trail of relics and antiquities lost since the destruction of Glastonbury Abbey in 1539. Written in alternating chapters between the two time periods, The Spoils of Avalon creates a sparkling, magical mystery that bridges the gap between two worlds that could hardly be more different—the industrialized, Darwinian, materialistic Victorian Age and the agricultural, faith-infused life of a medieval abbey on the brink of violent change at the hands of Henry VIII a…

(Review) Edward II: The Unconventional King by Kathryn Warner

Publisher: Amberley Books, October 19, 2014.
Genre: Non-fiction, British History Reading Challenge 2014, Edward II, kings and queens of England.
Format: pdf.
Pages: 336, with 30 illustrations.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
Source: Free pdf from Amberley in exchange for a review.

Link for book @ Amazon. 

Links for following Kathryn Warner:

Additional Resources:
King Edward II, from Royal Family History
From, English Monarchs, Edward II
From, The British Monarchy
From, Britannia
From, BBC-History

Edward Caernarfon was born on April 25, 1284, at Caernarfon Castle in Wales.
He died September 20 or 21, 1327, at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, England.

Edward II is hedged between two other kings named Edward who had legacies of power and popularity. Edward II's legacy was his tawdry relationships with male favorites. Edward II was tall and handsome, but he did not have the ambition to be a king. He became a king because he was his father's onl…

Book Blogger Hop: November 14-20th

The question for the week is submitted by Elizabeth!
"As you grow in your blogging experience, have you become more particular in terms of what you will post on your blog or what books you will read for review on your blog?"

Yes. The defining word in the question is more. Since the beginning, I have been particular in regards to books I choose to read and review. I believe I've become more astute at choosing those books that will be a high rating review. In early 2014, I read a couple of books that shocked me because of the content. I'd made a major error in choosing those books to read and review. When I'm asked to review a book, I research the book a little. I look at the books information on Amazon. I read reviews from bloggers. Then I make the decision to accept or decline. I have at times in the past chosen books to review that were out of the norm for my taste. I chose them in order to broaden my reading. I've learned this backfires, so I've stopped. …

(Review) Chaucer's Tale: 1386 and The Road To Canterbury by Paul Strohm

Publisher: Viking/Penguin Group, November 13, 2014.
Genre: Non-fiction, biography, Geoffrey Chaucer, medieval England.
Format: hardcover.
Pages: 304, with 12 illustrations.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.
Source: Free copy from Viking in exchange for a review.

Chaucer's Tale is available November 13.
Link @ Amazon. 

Resource links:
Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
The Literature Network

Paul Strohm has written a concise biography of Geoffrey Chaucer.
Strohm states the aim of the book.
My aim is to write an evidence-based account that respects the past as past, but that simultaneously seeks out linkages between that past and our present. At various points in the pages to follow I will attribute motives to Chaucer that, with modest adjustment, are close cousins to our own: motives of love (and accommodation to its absence), ambition (and its curious lack), loyalty (and its limits), financial security (and an apparent indifference to wealth), a wish…

(Review) The Six Wives and Many Mistresses of Henry VIII: The Women's Stories by Amy Licence

Publisher: Amberley Publishing, hardcover available in the US, November 19, 2014. The Kindle edition is available now.
Genre: Non-fiction, British History Reading Challenge 2014, Kings and Queens of England, Tudor History.
Format: pdf.
Pages: 416, with 75 illustrations.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
Source: Free pdf copy from Amberley Publishing in exchange for a review.

The book is available at:

In my opinion, it is unfair how Henry VIII and his relationships have been depicted on the movie screen and in books. Because most of the time it is an inaccurate rendering. Accuracy is swept away and replaced with theatrics that titillate. What people do not realize is Henry's marriages and love affairs had more than enough drama, adding to the reality of what happened is unnecessary. I'm thankful Amy Licence has not sought to write another biography on Henry VIII. Instead, she has written a study on Henry's relationships with his wives and mistresse…

(Review) Sinful Folk: A Novel of the Middle Ages by Ned Hayes, Illustrations by Nikki McClure

Publisher: Campanile Books, January 22, 2014.
Genre: Middle Ages, mystery, 14th Century, historical fiction.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 362.
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent.
Source: Free copy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and Campanile Books.
The blog tour schedule can be found at this link: Sinful Folk. 

A tragic loss. A desperate journey. A mother seeks the truth. In December of 1377, four children were burned to death in a house fire. Villagers traveled hundreds of miles across England to demand justice for their children’s deaths. Sinful Folk is the story of this terrible mid-winter journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. For years, she has concealed herself and all her history. But on this journey, she will find the strength to redeem the promise of her past. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and transcendence. The remarkable new n…

Blog Tour for Kathryn Warner's new book, Edward II: The Unconventional King

A warm welcome to author Kathryn Warner. Her new book is Edward II: The Unconventional King. In today's guest post, the subject is
Edward II's Household.
On 6 December 1318 at York, the four leading members of Edward II's household - his steward, chamberlain, treasurer and controller - formulated a Household Ordinance, mainly with the aim of eliminating waste and saving money. The earliest surviving English Household Ordinance dates from 1279, from the reign of Edward II's father Edward I, and the 1318 Ordinance is the second oldest still extant; later, more famous Ordinances are Edward IV's 1478 Black Book of the Household and Henry VIII's 1526 Eltham Ordinance. As the king travelled through the country, the burden of finding and paying for provisions for his enormous retinue could prove burdensome. During the Great Famine in 1315, a brave cleric told Edward II's confessor that "the inhabitants used to rejoice to see the face of the king when he came, …