elegance of history blog: History geek, avid reader and art lover. Here you will find random bits of history, book reviews and musings on art, literature, manners, life, music and anything else that interests me.
Hello everyone, what have you read recently? Here are my picks: The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination by Barry Strauss August 45 BC. Julius Caesar is heading towards Rome in triumph, to declare the end of the Civil War. Three men are riding with him: Decimus, Mark Antony and Octavian.
Hello everyone, today I have two book reviews for you. Enjoy! Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator by Oleg V. KhlevniukCan a biography of Stalin, one of the cruellest dictators the world has ever known, be both concise and exhaustive? I didn’t think so, but Klevniuk proved me wrong. In 408 pages (not that many
Hello everyone, I have two new novels for you today. Enjoy! Caesar’s Not Here: The Inauguration of Pompey’s Theater by Alex Johnston Did you miss Marcus Mettius? I certainly did. Our favourite Roman salesman is one witty character who always finds himself in trouble. Usually because of Julius Caesar. But, as the title gives away,
Synopsis:When Anne Boleyn falls to the executioner’s ax on a cold spring morning in 1536, Anne Seymour knows her family faces peril. As alliances shift and conspiracies multiply, the Seymours plot to establish their place in the treacherous court of King Henry VIII, where a courtier’s fate is decided by the whims of a hot-tempered
Hello everyone, here’s what I’ve been reading lately: The Exchange of Princesses by Chantal ThomasSo, you have a story to tell. But you’re undecided. Should you write a novel or a non-fiction work about it? Chantal Thomas solved the problem by writing both. In the same book. Half-novel, half-essay, The Exchange Of Princesses is as
Hello everyone, today I’m reviewing four history books, including one for children, and a novel with fantastical elements. Here we go: Centuries of Change: Which Century Saw The Most Change? by Ian Mortimer Which century saw the most change? The answer seems obvious. Pretty much all of us would answer the 20th, without giving it
Hello everyone, here are this week’s book reviews. Enjoy: The Pity of War: England and Germany, Bitter Friends, Beloved Foes by Miranda Seymour For the past 400 hundred years, England and Germany have been close friends and bitter enemies. The connection between the two countries started in 1613, when a Stuart princess married a German
Hello everyone, ready for this week’s reviews? Read on: The Magician’s Lie by Greer MacallisterThe Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day. Her most notorious trick? Sawing a man in half. But, one night, rather than a saw, she uses a fire axe. A few hours later, her husband is found
Hello everyone, today I’m reviewing two novels. Enjoy! The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki Beautiful, romantic, tragic. The story of the Austrian Empress Sisi has captivated successive generations.Born into Bavarian royalty, Elisabeth, who had received an informal upbringing, was suddenly thrust into the spotlight at the tender age of 16, when she married the young,
Synopsis:New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor of Aquitaine to life with breathtaking historical detail in the first volume of this stunning new trilogy. Eleanor of Aquitaine, the legendary 12th century queen of France and later of England, is one of the most powerful and irrepressible women in medieval history, and her story