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review 2017-05-04 12:43
Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Midwife's Revolt
The Midwife's Revolt - Jodi Daynard

This book did a really good job of drawing me in. It uses actually figures from the history of America. In my far from expert opinion, the author does a good job of making the settings realistic. I felt an emotional connection with the story. I was interested in what would happen in situations and figuring out the mysteries.

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review 2017-01-20 02:43
Perfect: The Revolt - Scarlet D'Vore,Calee Allen

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

This is a good continuation of the Perfect series. Same interesting storyline and great descriptions as the first novel.

 

I liked the first book a bit better, because this one felt like kind of an in-between book. It sets up for a pretty epic third book, but I don't think the plot really reaches much of a climax in this book. It sets up all the pieces nicely, but leaves the third book to knock them all over.

 

Also, as with the first book, it consists of a lot of female vs. female action, including slut-shaming, bullying, and name-calling, which was a bit of a downside for me.

 

But I enjoyed the background on the Perfect and Fearian war and this book fills in a lot of blanks from the first book. So overall, it was still a good read.

 

And I really love the beautiful simplicity of the covers.

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review 2017-01-18 18:16
The Revolt by Douglas Bond
The Revolt: A Novel in Wycliffe's England - Douglas Bond

This book covers a rich era of British history through the rather different perspectives of a young Oxford scholar and a peasant. Events first bring the two together on the battlefield of Crecy where both are forced to grow up quickly.

 

Once they return home, each man encounters the injustice of the age in a different manner. Hugh is at school with John Wycliffe, a man whose legacy requires no explanation. Willard's life in contrast is a struggle. When the plague arrives, status protects no one.

 

While Hugh assists Wycliffe in translating the Bible, Willard lives in anger at the position he is born to. When the men next come together, it is to join again in another type of battle against the corrupt friars and priests of their day.

 

This book does an admirable job of portraying those who took advantage of the church for their own benefit while balancing it with those who truly wished to share the gospel. Including several verses of scripture in Old English made it real. This was the work they were doing that continues to benefit us to this day.

 

Life in the 14th century was vividly brought to life through these characters. I only wish that the book had not ended so abruptly. Received from NetGalley.

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review 2017-01-17 13:41
1381: The Year of the Peasants’ Revolt by Juliet Barker
1381: The Year of the Peasants' Revolt - Juliet Barker

An interesting and informative read.

 

I found the earlier chapters describing the social and economic background surrounding the revolt to be more interesting that the details of the events across the country found in the later chapters, but that’s mostly because I was looking for more of an overview of the topic and hadn’t previously read any books on it.  I would certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for background and more details on the 1381 revolt.

 

The colour plates were a lovely detail and well chosen.

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text 2017-01-13 18:12
Reading progress update: I've read 65 out of 435 pages.
1381: The Year of the Peasants' Revolt - Juliet Barker

I'm definitely behind where I ought to be. I guess I haven't been indulging in enough ice cream. 

 

The book is interesting, though. Perhaps I will look into getting my own copy. The current chapter on Landlords and Tenants is talking about mediaeval concepts of land ownership and tenancy and the different types of rents and fines. I'm not sure how much of it I'm absorbing, however. It's still all background on the society and the rebellion. 

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