Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans

I'm on record as saying that if I were to be a knight in service, to bend the knee to anyone in history, it would be to Eleanor of Aquitaine, "by the wrath of God, Quene of England."  As a Medieval queen, and especially as one of significant personal power, she's known to have done … Continue reading Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans

Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius by Leonard Shlain

There are a great many books out there on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.  What makes this one different?  It was written by a brain surgeon at the end of his life while he was combatting a brain tumor.  As Leonardo himself could tell you, perspective and experience make a world of difference. I'm … Continue reading Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius by Leonard Shlain

The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe

This book is a reprint from 1956 that, among those with an interest in Joan, has attained an almost legendary status.  We live in an age where people are eager to dismiss the presumably supernatural out of hand and tear down heroes, giving zero credence to the idea of the "great person theory."  The idea … Continue reading The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

This is the signature of a great man.  It's also the basis of a corporate logo, which took the original man, name, and signature, and stylized them all.  Where does the man end and company begin?  Is there any difference? This mammoth biography (900+ pages in print, 33+ hours in audio) represents the most in-depth portrait of … Continue reading Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

Great Masters: Beethoven – His Life and Music by Prof. Robert Greenberg

Given enough time to properly unpack a subject, Professor Robert Greenberg proves time and again his music history expertise.  Until now, I've only listened to lecture series based around select compositions.  This is the first I've listened to revolving around a single composer. This is a series of eight 45-minute lectures that help to highlight … Continue reading Great Masters: Beethoven – His Life and Music by Prof. Robert Greenberg