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.
Historian and bibliophile Elizabeth P. Archibald loves perusing old textbooks, pamphlets, and etiquette books. They can be as funny as they are informative. Some of the advice is still incredibly relevant today, but other tips are so ridiculous and far-fetched they have you laughing out loud. Archibald has been sharing the most amusing ones in
Although hailed as the best rendition of the classic Bronte novel, Wuthering Heights 1939 left me wanting for more. Not that I should have expected it. My main problem with this movie is how tame it is compared to the novel. Audiences in 1939 probably didn’t want to see the extent of Heathcliff’s cruelty, but
Hello everyone, ready for today’s reviews? I have four for you today. Here we go: The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You by Karyn D. Hall PhDDo you experience things more intensely than those around you? Can you feel other people’s pain or joy? Are you easily overwhelmed by your emotions?
Hello everyone, it’s time for some more book reviews. Here we go: A People’s History of the French Revolution by Eric HazanCan good intentions and high ideals justify bloody revolutions and the murder of thousands of innocent people? Eric Hazan certainly thinks so. Committed to the idea of equality at any costs, his highly partisan
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, 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, today I’m reviewing three history books, including a wonderful little one for children, and a biography of a famous architect. Enjoy! Dressed for War: Uniform, Civilian Clothing & Trappings, 1914 to 1918 by Nina Edwards Fashion is often considered silly and superficial. It can seem even more so during a time of war.
Hello everyone, it’s time for some more reviews. Ready? Here we go: Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles by Barbara Stanny This is not your usual finance book. It doesn’t provide lots of tips and suggestions on how you can budget, manage, and invest your money. In fact, that stuff is barely mentioned in
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, it’s that time of the week when I review the books I’ve been reading lately. Here we go: Fizz: How to Drive Word of Mouth Marketing for Outrageous Success by Ted Wright Word of mouth is still one of the most effective ways to drive sales. A lot less expensive than advertising in