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review 2019-11-17 15:21
My review of Williams's "Æthelred the Unready: The Ill-Counselled King" is up!
Athelred the Unready: The Ill-Counselled King - Ann Williams

My sixth review is up on the Best Biographies of British Monarchs website! Please read and enjoy with my compliments

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text 2019-11-08 17:47
24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 - New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day: Book
A Gift Of Sanctuary - Candace Robb
A Gift of Sanctuary - Candace Robb,Stephen Thorne


It's unlikely that Candace Robb's Owen Archer series will ever be able to replace Ellis Peter's Brother Cadfael series in my estimation, but I liked book 1 (The Apothecary Rose) well enough to take a closer look, and this installment (book 6) is fully living up to my expectations so far.  It also seems a good one to read "out of order", as it is set in Wales and only features some of the usual cast of characters.


(Task: Read a book about an ending or a new start, where things go BOOM, with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed.)


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text 2019-11-05 13:30
24 Festive Tasks: Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day: Book
The Rose Rent - Ellis Peters,Nadia May
The Rose Rent - Ellis Peters

For this one, inspired by Moonlight, I decided to revisit one of my all-time favorite series ... with a book that very appropriately has roses on the covers of many of its editions because it is, actually all about roses -- or one rose bush in particular.


(Task: Read a book about horses, with a horse or with roses on the cover, about gardening, set in Australia or by an Australian author.)


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url 2019-11-01 10:12
Podcast #160 is up!
Alfonso X, the Justinian of His Age: Law and Justice in Thirteenth-Century Castile - Joseph F. O'Callaghan

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it I interview the eminent scholar of medieval Spain Joseph F. O'Callaghan (still going strong at 90!) about his book on the legal code drafted by the Castilian king Alfonso X. Enjoy!

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review 2019-10-29 15:27
Podcast #159 is up!
Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands - Dan Jones

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Dan Jones about his history of the Crusades as told through the lives of the men and women involved with it. Enjoy!

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