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Hello everyone, here are today’s reviews. Enjoy: The Rise of Thomas Cromwell: Power and Politics in the Reign of Henry VIII, 1485-1534 by Michael Everett Thomas Cromwell is often portrayed, both by historians, novelists, and film makers, as a Machiavellian politician and revolutionary evangelical who rose to power by masterminding Henry VIII’s split with Rome.
Mary Wollstonecraft died a few days after giving birth to her daughter, Mary Shelley. Yet, even from beyond the grave, she played a big part in her daughter’s upbringing and had a big influence on her beliefs and decisions. Both women made similar choices, suffered similar tragedies, and were sustained throughout all their hardships by
Hello everyone, today I’m reviewing three historical novels, and a biography of a great ancient female ruler. If you pick up these books, I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did. The Abortionist’s Daughter by Elisa DeCarlo Melanie Daniels lives a quiet and boring life in a small American town. Her family is
Hello everyone, curious to see what I’ve been reading lately? Let’s get started then: The Match Girl and the Heiress by Seth Koven Nellie Dowell, the daughter of a sailor who drowned at sea when she was only 5, was taken away from her mother, who couldn’t afford to keep her anymore, and sent to
Hello everyone, today’s books all celebrate women, and are a must read for all those who are interested in their stories and well-being. Here’s why: Women Heroes of the American Revolution: 20 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue by Susan Casey The contribution women made to the American Revolution has been largely forgotten. Until
Hello everyone, ready for today’s reviews? The first two are must reads for fans of ancient Rome, while the third will help those of you who are unhappy in your relationship with your significant other. Let’s get started: Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor by Adrian Goldsworthy Born Gaius Octavius and known to us today as
I bought An Uncommon Woman by Hannah Pakula because, after years of studying the life of Queen Victoria, I had became interested in her children as well. And what better way to start my research on them than a biography of her eldest child, Victoria? But this book turned out to be so much more
Marie Antoinette by Hilaire Belloc is not your usual biography. The author isn’t interested in sharing anecdotes and discussing the daily life of this unfortunate queen, nor does he tries to understand her personality. Instead, this is a study of the world in which Marie Antoinette lived and the circumstances that connived to bring her
King George III had a big family, siring 15 children with his poor Queen, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. But it’s only their flamboyant and extravagant firstborn, George, Prince of Wales, and his younger brother William, who succeeded him on the throne that are usually remembered. Their six sisters – Charlotte, Augusta, Elizabeth, Sophia, Amelia and Mary
Divorced, beheaded, died; Divorced, beheaded, survived. The Betrayed Wife, The Temptress, The Good Wife, The Ugly Sister, The Bad Girl and The Mother Figure. The six women who have married Henry VIII and helped shape the events of the era are known to us only by the way they died and by the stereotypes that