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reviewed The King's Mistress: A Novel. August 08, 2010
The King's Mistress: A Novel
I picked up "The King's Mistress" wondering how I would like it. I had never heard of Alice Perrers and had never read anything by Emma Campion. It turns out that Emma Campion is from my part of the world …
reviewed The King's Mistress: A Novel. July 28, 2010
The King's Mistress: A Novel
Alice Perrers was a phenomenal woman in medieval history and one of the most famous English courtesans who ever lived. In the days when women were second class citizens the beautiful Alice was ambitious …
reviewed The King's Mistress: A Novel. June 28, 2010
The King's Mistress: A Novel
The book jacket suggests Campion seeks to put a more human face on the reviled commoner, Alice Perrers, mistress to Edward III and lady-in-waiting to Philippa of Hainault. Although the author makes a …
reviewed World Without End. January 01, 2010
World Without End
"World Without End" continues the story of Kingsbridge, a medieval town noted for the awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral designed and built some 200 hundred years earlier in the 12th century by …
reviewed The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicl.... April 20, 2009
The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon
  The Unquiet Bones by Mel R. Starr is the first book featuring Hugh de Singleton, a surgeon in medieval England. Hugh has recently graduated from Oxford as a surgeon and has hung up a shingle …
reviewed World Without End. March 29, 2009
World Without End
    When four children meet in the forest to practice shooting the arrows made by one of them, Merthin, none can imagine the way their lives will intersect over the years. After a …
reviewed Hangman Blind. February 20, 2009
Hangman Blind, Cassandra Clark
4.5 The first of Clark's planned medieval mystery series begins at a time of considerable political unrest, November 1382. After her husband's death in battle, Hildegard has spent seven years in a Cistercian …
reviewed World Without End. January 09, 2009
World Without End
The story is great. Yes, some may call it a bit obvious at times, or even predictable, but I found it to be a great story for a long daily commute.    Plenty has been written about …
reviewed World Without End. January 03, 2009
World Without End
World Without End Ken Follett   In this follow up to The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett picks up the story line exactly where he left us years ago. World Without End  is truly a masterpiece, …
reviewed World Without End. December 17, 2007
World Without End
Historical purists will not be pleased. Neither will readers who make their selections based on the length of a book, or people who object to a little sex in their reading (World is hardly pornography), …
reviewed World Without End. October 09, 2007
World Without End
I am a big fan of Ken Follett, and admire that he moves in a seemingly effortless manner between genres. However, his best work is found in the "great historical novel", and he has delivered handsomely …
reviewed Within The Fetterlock. April 17, 2004
Within The Fetterlock
Within the Fetterlock by Brian Wainwright is one of the rarest of the rare--it takes history and breathes it into life. After a bit of a confusing start (the cast of characters could literally have numbered …
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