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review 2017-06-15 17:31
Antique New England Homes & Barns: History, Restoration, and Reinterpretation by Jim DeStefano
Antique New England Homes & Barns: History, Restoration, and Reinterpretation - Jim DeStefano

Stunning book, not only the pictures but the history that goes along with them. I love old homes and old barns. My husband and I go from Florida to Pennsylvania ever year for vacation. While there are some really nice old homes and barns here in Florida the further north we go the more spectacular the homes and barns are. I literally have hundreds of pictures saved on my computer that I have taken during our travels of old houses and barns. 

 

This book fits perfectly into my fascination of these homes and barns.  I could look at this book over and over and and probably will. I also love to see how from the earliest homes to the newer ones have changed in architecture. This is an awesome books with som any pictures. There is some reading but it is basically short and to the point but gives you what you need to really understand exactly what you are looking at. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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text 2016-02-17 21:13
ISO: Any good books featuring Maude de Braose
King John: Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England: The Road to Magna Carta - Tantor Audio,Marc Morris,Ralph Lister
The Demon's Brood: The Plantagenet Dynasty that Forged the English Nation - Desmond Seward
King John: England, Magna Carta and the Making of a Tyrant by Stephen Church (2015-03-12) - Stephen Church;
The History of England Volume I, . Foundation - Peter Ackroyd
Here be Dragons - Sharon Kay Penman
Lady of Hay - Barbara Erskine
The Prince of Poison - Pamela Kaufman

I have those pictured, many of which mention Maude & William rather than feature them. Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

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text 2016-01-18 13:58
Civil War: Volume III: The History of England - Peter Ackroyd

Got really into the first 150 pages or so and then I don't know what happened. Going to can this one for now and come back to it later. Just feel like I drifted through the last 100 pages or so and didn't really take it in. Maybe its just that there is other stuff that I really want to read more at the moment...

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text 2015-12-15 13:12
Reading progress update: I've read 182 out of 512 pages.
Civil War: Volume III: The History of England - Peter Ackroyd

Enjoying this one so far. Shockingly I know next to nothing about the English Civil War. You might ask how that is possible, but it just always passed me by. In my schooling it was always either Tudor England, Victorian England or Nazi Germany/Soviet Union. You would think that the people who decide education in the UK might deem it important to teach people about the Civil War, but alas this country's education system leaves a lot to be desired at least in the neglected north it does. 

 

Still on my chosen path of attempting to broaden my horizons, I have fallen upon this and decided it is important stuff to learn and so far I am yet to be disappointed.

Over and out. 

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text 2015-10-31 20:01
Reading progress update: I've read 38%.
The Rider of the White Horse - Rosemary Sutcliff
1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England - W.C. Sellar,R.J. Yeatman

Looking at my bookshelves, it's quite obvious which period of English history has held the most fascination for me. Novels and biographies about the Plantagenets, Tudors, and the Wars of the Roses are everywhere. But apart from a few key battles, Oliver Cromwell and his New Model Army, and the Roundheads and Royalists - 'right but repulsive and wrong but wromantic'*, my knowledge of the English Civil War is a bit more sketchy.

 

So I'm really enjoying learning a bit more the events which took place pretty much on my doorstep. I'm actually sitting with a map next to me so I can follow the journeys taken by Anne and Thomas Fairfax. And because the street names haven't changed in 380 years, I know exactly where the fighting happened. Streets where I used to spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon shopping with my girlfriends, once ran red with blood. 

 

 

* If you haven't read 1066 And All That, you should. Extremely funny, but for god's sake don't use it as a source if you're taking an exam in English History. 

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