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review 2015-11-06 22:14
A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
A History of England from the Tudors to ... A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts - Robert Bucholz


48 x 30 min lectures

14: Edward VI: 1547-1553
15: Mary I 1553-1558
16: Young Elizabeth 1558
17: The Elizabethan Settlement 1558-1568
18: Set in a dangerous World 1568-1588
19: Heart and Stomach of the Queen 1588-1603
20: The Land and It's People in 1603
21: Private Lives - the elite
22: Private Lives - the commoners
23: The Ties that Bound
24: Order and Disorder
25: Towns, Trade and Colonisation
26: London
27: The Elizabethan and Jacobean Era
28: Establishing the Stuart Dynasty
29: The Ascendancy of Buckingham 1614-28
30: Religion and Local Control
31: Crisis of the three nations 1637-42
32: The Civil Wars 1642-49
33: The search for a settlement 1649-53
34: Cromwellian England 1653-60
35: The Restoration 1660-70
36: The Failure 1670-78
37: The Popish Plot 1678-85
38: Catholic Restoration 1685-88
39: The Glorious Revolution
40: King William's war 1689-92
41: King William's war 1692-1702
42: Queen Anne
43: Queen Anne's War
44: Queen Anne's Peace
45: Hanoverian Epilogue
46: The Land and It's People
47: The Land and It's People
48: The Meaning of English History


CR White Mughals
5* A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
3* Rome and the Barbarians
4* Field Notes From A Hidden City
3* The King's Jews: Money, Massacre and Exodus in Medieval England
CR A History of Palestine 634-1099
CR Charlotte Brontë: A Life
3* The Alhambra
CR A Long Walk in the Himalaya: A Trek from the Ganges to Kashmir
CR Buddhist Warfare

4* History of Science 1700 - 1900
5* A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
TR Secrets of Sleep
TR Turning Points in Modern History
TR Apocalypse
4* Myth in Human History
3* A History of Russia
TR Classic Novels
5* London
4* Re-thinking Our Past
4* The Vikings
OH Lost Worlds of South America
3* Rome and the Barbarians
TR Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon
OH History of Science: Antiquity to 1700
TR Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian
TR Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
5* From Monet To Van Gogh: A History Of Impressionism
5* History of the English language
TR The Late Middle Ages
3* Great American Music: Boadway Musicals
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review 2015-01-06 09:41
The Savage Altar by Åsa Larsson, Marlaine Delargy
The Savage Altar - Åsa Larsson,Marlaine Delargy


Opening: When Viktor Strandgård dies it is not, in fact, for the first time.

Three segments of Christianity band together to form a combined sect housed in a crystal cathedral up near Kiruna after a young lad announced he had seen angels when he died then was revived. Roman Catholic, Church of Sweden and The Free Church together - we just know that is all going to end badly.

There is the full film available on youtube for when the book has been read.

3* The Blood Spilt
3* The Savage Altar aka Sun Storm
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review 2014-05-07 20:56
Pompeii by Robert Harris
Pompeii - Robert Harris

bookshelves: ancient-history, published-2003, spring-2010, italy, roman-civilisation, historical-fiction, conflagration

Read from April 26 to 29, 2010


Description: Ancient Rome is the setting for the superb new novel from Robert Harris, author of the number one bestsellers Fatherland, Enigma and Archangel.

Where else to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples. All along the coast, the Roman Empire’s richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas. The world’s largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum and Pompeii.

Only one man is worried. The engineer Marius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay. Springs are failing for the first time in generations. His predecessor has disappeared. And now there is a crisis on the Augusta’s sixty-mile main line -- somewhere to the north of Pompeii, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Marius -- decent, practical, incorruptible -- promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry. But as he heads out towards Vesuvius he is about to discover there are forces that even the world’s only superpower can’t control.

Bought at Rome airport March 2010 for M's birthday. Discussion points that raised their heads during reading:

- plot spoilers for this story are everywhere
- when those plot spoilers are ignored, Iceland is reminding us very subtlety.
- M is getting frustrated at the countdown method of layout
- 'Who in their right mind would climb up to look at what's happening'

A pal sent through a jokey email on Friday written in pidgin swedish/icelandic.

Put 30 billion euros in the bin outside the Icelandic Embassy and we will turn off volcano. Not call Polis.

M's verdict - he thought the facts about the volcanoes and the aqueducts were stunning, and the story surrounding the historical facts, exciting. He would give the overall result somewhere between a 3 and 4 star.

My Verdict - I liked it a little more and the descriptions of the eruption were staggering.

4* Fatherland
4* Pompeii
3* Imperium
2* The Ghost
4* Lustrum
3* Selling Hitler
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