Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England: by Alison Weir

How can you not be interested in a Medieval Queen nicknamed ‘The She-Wolf of France’? Queen Isabella was a model citizen and dutiful wife – until she wasn’t. Queen Isabella amassed herself an army and deposed her husband, King Edward II, in the first successful invasion of English shores since … Continue reading

The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: by Leanda de Lisle

Few today remember teenage royal Jane Grey when talking about history: ‘the nine days queen’, who was deposed by Queen Mary and soon thereafter beheaded for presenting a Protestant threat to Mary’s Catholic throne. Many that do remember see her as a tragic victim of Queen Mary. Even fewer today … Continue reading

Elizabeth I: The Novel: by Margaret George

Elizabeth I of England may be one of history’s most written about monarchs, perhaps for the reason that we know so much about her, yet the true woman remains elusive. A great dissembler and brilliant judge of character, Elizabeth was able to portray herself as she wished, hiding the mortal … Continue reading

A Dangerous Inheritance: by Alison Weir

About seven years ago I snatched up my first historical non-fiction book set in Tudor times from a vintage pawn shop on my way home from East Wenatchee, WA. It was about Queen Elizabeth I by Alison Weir, and although extremely rich in detail and a little tricky to remember … Continue reading

On The Trail of Genghis Khan: by Tim Cope

In 2004 Tim Cope, a young Australian adventurer, set out to do what hadn’t been done since ancient times: to travel on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine to the Danube River in … Continue reading

Midnight’s Children: by Salman Rushdie

I call it quits. ’50 Books You Have to Read!’ (paraphrasing from Buzzfeed) ‘Modern Library 100 Best Novels’: Amazon. Wait, what’s this? “If beating around the bush was a crime; then, Salman Rushdie would be charged with aggravated assault and attempt to murder of that bush.” A reader named Shayantani … Continue reading